The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Federal Executive is set to announce a final decision on a report looking into allegations that the party’s Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela, has been plotting to kill the speaker of the provincial legislature Masizole Mnqasela.
Madikizela and Mnqasela set to go head-to-head for the party’s leadership post in the province, when the DA hosts an elective conference the coming weekend. Madikizela is accused of having paid money in exchange for having someone kill him.
The chairperson of the party’s federal council Helen Zille said he was informed that police were looking into the allegations made by Mnqasela.
“Fedex will consider its contents and recommendations, take its own decision on the recommendations, and refer all documentation to the presiding officers for a final determination in relation to the congress,” she said.
Helen Zille: ‘These ANC tendencies’ should not enter the DA
Zille said the allegations, true or not, are extremely serious and that the party would not take them lying down.
“I am determined to get to the bottom of this, so that these ANC tendencies do not enter our party,” she said.
“You’ve got to get right to the root of an allegation like this… The Federal Legal Commission has been trying to find out what the source of Mnqasela’s allegation is. Who is the source? Is it a credible source?”
She said for now, there was nothing pointing to the allegations actually being true but emphasised that the process needed to be allowed to unfold in its entirety.
The official opposition in the province, the African National Congress (ANC) has demanded full transparency in the light of the developments, to ensure the DA is not using state resources to address internal battles.
“The ANC needs full disclosure from (Premier Allan) Winde about the content of the allegations and what steps he has taken to investigate them. The ANC wants to know whether government resources are being used to fight these leadership battles,” leader Cameron Dugmore told Independent Media.
“This has the potential to destabilise the legislature and the provincial cabinet. We understand that it has now reached such serious levels where Mnqasela is not prepared to be present in any meeting where Madikizela is,” said Dugmore.