Good wants Fritz investigation extended during his tenure as MEC of Social Development

The Western Cape Community and MEC Albert Fritz were suspended immediately last week by the Prime Minister’s Office, which cited serious allegations of misconduct.

FILE: Western Cape Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz. Photo: Albert Fritz/Twitter

CAPE TOWN – Opposition parties in the Western Cape are still angry at the handling of allegations of sexual misconduct against an MEC.

Community and safety chief Albert Fritz was suspended last week by the Prime Minister’s Office, which cited serious allegations of misconduct.

The African National Congress (ANC) said it believed the lack of transparency was evidence that the Democratic Alliance (DA) was trying to cover up sex parasites.

Prime Minister Alan Winde has now confirmed that the allegations were of a sexual nature and that all six complaints were put together with specialist NGOs for psychosocial support.

The independent investigation report from lawyer Jennifer Williams is expected within the next two weeks.

But the ANC is still demanding that Winde brief the province’s standing committees on the issue.

Meanwhile, Brett Herron of the Good Party has called for the investigation not to be limited to Fritz’s time as a community safety MEC, but also his time in the service of social development.

“Fritz was MEC for Community Safety for only two years, but he was MEC for Social Development for eight years. Questions should be asked of senior officials at the Department of Social Development who worked closely with Fritz to determine if they helped bringing the features of the program to rough sex for jobs,” Herron said.

Joel C. Hicks