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Fraud allegations mount pressure on Speaker

Under fire DA senior member and provincial legislature speaker Masizole Mnqasela has until today to provide his party with reasons why it should not suspend him.

He was given 24 hours by his party to provide a written representation to provincial executive committee (PEC) chairperson Jaco Londt detailing why he should not be suspended pending the finalisation of the investigation and/ or institution of a disciplinary hearing.

The Hawks have confirmed that they are investigating fraud as DA caucus leader and Premier Alan Winde advised Mnqasela to step down amid the investigation.

But Mnqasela refused, saying that would mean admitting guilt and he was not a thief.

Last week, the DA in the province handed over documents to the Hawks for investigation after two whistle-blowers provided Winde with submissions relating to subsistence, travel and entertainment allowance claims linked to Mnqasela.

Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Thandi Mbambo said yesterday that a case of fraud was being investigated.

“Masizole has asked for more information. That was agreed to. He must now provide reasons why he shouldn’t be suspended. The deadline is tomorrow (Friday) evening,” said Londt.

Asked what more information Mnqasela required, Londt said he would not divulge details of an internal process.

“He has received his letter and will get additional information he requested.”

DA spokesperson Richard Newton said:“If he is suspended it will be from party activities. Important to note that it is not from the party but from party activities and it does not impact on his role as speaker.”

Source: https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/news/anc-eff-and-da-clash-as-w-cape-legislature-speaker-leaves-sitting-abruptly-amid-fraud-allegations-20220526

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