Public Protector confirms DA MEC Madikizela lied

Statement by Brett Herron, GOOD Secretary-General and Member of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament

Public Protector confirms DA MEC Madikizela lied

31 March 2021

The Office of the Public Protector has found Western Cape MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela, the DA’s provincial leader, guilty of making false and misleading statements in the Western Cape Legislature, in breach of the executive ethics code.

Madikizela lied to the legislature in June 2019 when he falsely claimed that all the inner-city housing projects I launched in Cape Town in 2017 had been cancelled by the courts because I had acted unlawfully.

In fact, the projects were cancelled by the City of Cape Town after my (and former Mayor Patricia De Lille’s) resignation from the city. We believe the sole reason for the cancellation was political opposition to breaking down apartheid spatial divisions to create an integrated city.

I gave Madikizela several opportunities to withdraw his lies and apologise, but he only doubled down on his misinformation. I therefore filed a formal complaint with the Public Protector.

Madikizela’s lies not only violated the executive ethics code. They also violated the hopes and aspirations of tens of thousands of Capetonians for whom the development of social housing in the inner-city is not a political chess-game but a matter of dignity and justice.

Madikizela served as MEC for Housing for a decade and failed to deliver a single affordable housing unit in the city centre or its surrounds. Yet I managed to identify 11 inner city sites for afford housing projects within months of being appointed the Mayco Member responsible for Housing in January 2017.

The point is not to blow my own hooter but illustrate Madikizela’s unsuitability to serve as an MEC.

The Public Protector has ordered Western Cape Premier Alan Winde to submit the Madikizela report to the legislature within 14 days, and inform the legislature of remedial action taken or proposed to be taken against his MEC (and provincial party leader).

Premier Winde must prevail on him to do the right thing: Apologise to the legislature, apologise to me – and step down. Should Madikizela resist, the Premier must fire him from his so-called “cabinet of integrity”.