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 DA’s Fritz caught up in sex scandal

The DA is reeling from a fresh scandal. Western Cape MEC of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, was suspended last week after it emerged that he had allegedly been sexually harassing staffers in his office. The Sunday Times reported he would hound young staffers with “late-night messages asking them to come to his room during out of town trips”. 

Fritz’s boss, Premier Alan Winde, said he suspended the MEC after he received complaints from staff in Fritz’s office. “I am now able to confirm that the serious allegations against Minister Fritz relate to sexual misconduct.”

Brett Herron, secretary-general of GOOD, said he first heard allegations after leaving the Democratic Alliance in 2019 and revealed that the alleged pattern of abuse began during Fritz’s stint as Social Development MEC. “Albert Fritz was using his position to take advantage of young interns and job seekers in the department of social development,” Herron told the Sunday Times. 

Four other employees in Fritz’s office have also been suspended for allegedly enabling the MEC’s behaviour. Fritz has not responded to any of the allegations against him. Winde has appointed Advocate Jennifer Williams to conduct an independent investigation. 

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 3 February 2022. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.