There is a widespread perception in South Africa that President Cyril Ramaphosa treats his cabinet members with incredible leniency, particularly when they are facing a litany of allegations of impropriety or other transgressions, but it appears that he could learn a thing or two from the Western Cape premier following his decision to 'suspend' one of his high-profile cabinet members.
After getting information that Fritz was reportedly involved in some unspecified activities, Premier Alan Winde pulled the trigger. "An investigation will be performed to determine exactly what Fritz did," Winde asserted, "and for the time being, he will have play no further role during the course of the investigation."
Fritz, who currently the acting leader of the DA in the Western Cape after taking over from the resigned Bonginkosi Madikizela, is lauded as one of the most suave politicians within the DA.
Consequently, Brett Herron of the Good Party has come out in Fritz's defense, asking the Premier to outline out the specifics of the claims against Fritz.
After serving in different capacities for the party, including as a member of Parliament, the 62-year-old was elected to his current position after the 2019 general elections.
It is one's opinion, therefore, that knowing how politics works in the South African context, Fritz's so-called suspension might quickly turn into a complete dismissal from Winde's cabinet, regardless of the outcomes of what will very certainly be a lengthy and protracted investigation.
Moreover, speculation has swirled that the DA is currently engaged in purge against black leaders, hence a myriad of black leaders either resigned or were forced out from significant positions they held subsequent to the 2019 elections.
It is believed the party is holds the view that it has lost its bearing in so far as advancing the liberal policies of its dominantly white constituency.
Cnsidering that President Ramaphosa is faced with the challenge of a seemingly belligerent Minister in Lindiwe Sisulu, should he perhaps draw inspiration from Winde and dispense with her?
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