Cape Town – Western Cape police have reportedly opened an inquiry into misconduct allegations levelled against suspended Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz, while awaiting key pertinent documentation before a case is registered.
According to News24, this comes after the African National Congress’s (ANC) Western Cape branch issued a letter to the provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Thembisile Patekile expressing its concern over the manner in which the province’s premier, Alan Winde was handling the case.
Police spokesperson Novela Potelwa said the letter in question formed part of a series of engagements by various parties with regard to the matter raised, IOL reported.
“The doors of the SAPS remain open for all victims of the crime to open cases with the necessary support availed to them by police,” the report quoted Potelwa as saying.
Winde suspended Fritz on Sunday due to “serious allegations” of misconduct that came to his attention last year on November 23.
Following consultations with the province’s legal services, he concluded on requesting an independent legal expert to investigate the misconduct allegations against Fritz.
On Wednesday, he announced the appointment of Advocate Jennifer Williams, who according to The Citizen is a former director of the Women’s Legal Centre and advocate at the Cape Bar, to investigate the Fritz case.
The nature of the allegation against Fritz have not been officially been confirmed, but News24 reported on Monday that sexual assault allegations were at the core of the suspension.
“He allegedly sexually assaulted young female workers in his office,” the report quoted a direct source who has knowledge of the suspension as saying.
Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo