Albert Fritz fuming after being denied access to full alleged sexual misconduct report

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Albert Fritz pictured during his time as Western Cape Community Safety MEC, alongside then-tourism MEC Alan Winde, at a press conference in Cape Town on 16 November 2010.
Albert Fritz pictured during his time as Western Cape Community Safety MEC, alongside then-tourism MEC Alan Winde, at a press conference in Cape Town on 16 November 2010.
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  • Former Western Cape Community and Safety MEC Albert Fritz is fuming after he was denied access to the full report, compiled by Advocate Jennifer Williams, into allegations of sexual misconduct against him. 
  • A scathing report, released last week, found "sufficient credibility" in the allegations of sexual misconduct and alcohol abuse.
  • Premier Alan Winde is now expected to appoint a new MEC for Community and Safety. 

Former Western Cape Community and Safety MEC Albert Fritz has been denied access to the full report compiled by Advocate Jennifer Williams into allegations of sexual misconduct against him. 

Fritz, who is also the former DA leader in the Western Cape told News24 on Monday that his legal team are currently drafting papers to challenge the report in court. 

"It is, however, absurd that I, as the 'accused', cannot get access to the full report," he said. 

READ | Western Cape police open inquiry into sexual assault allegations against Albert Fritz

Fritz added that he would respond in a detailed media statement about the allegations against him. 

Fritz maintained that the entire ordeal of the past two months' is a result of a political orchestration campaign to assassinate his character, and ensure his departure from both political office and the executive.

"This repugnant agenda seeks to attain power at all costs, without consideration of the effects it has on real people," he said in a statement last week.

READ | Four senior officials suspended for their involvement in Albert Fritz sex scandal - sources

Last week, a scathing report by Advocate Williams found "sufficient credibility" in the allegations of sexual misconduct and alcohol abuse levelled against the former MEC.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde.

Premier Alan Winde immediately sacked Fritz, after receiving the findings of the independent probe.

Fritz subsequently also resigned as the DA Provincial leader.

Winde's spokesperson, Odette Cason said Winde "intends to fill the position soon".

Cason added that the full report had not been made available to any party in this matter to ensure the confidentiality requested by the complainants.

"To prevent second-hand victimisation and to ensure that the complainants are not disempowered, the Western Cape Government has respected this agreement. Mr Fritz was provided with an opportunity to respond to each of the allegations as part of Advocate Williams' investigation, which he did with the assistance and representation of his legal team."

She added that his responses were recorded and formed part of the full report, which was provided to the premier.


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