Questions about how the WC government handles sex abuse complaints arise

The provincial legislature on Friday released a list of questions from the Good Party, calling on the premier to account for his handling of a child rape case against a senior Treasury Department official.

CAPE TOWN – The Western Cape government has yet to explain differences over how it handles complaints of sexual abuse against its own.

The provincial legislature on Friday released a list of questions from the Good Party, calling on the premier to account for his handling of a child rape case against a senior Treasury Department official.

In January 2019, a Treasury Department chief was arrested for allegedly raping a 7-year-old boy.

The case has been in and out of court since then with numerous delays: he changed lawyers, the child sex offenses interview room is not ready for the victim, etc.

The case had to be dropped in March last year, apparently because the child was no longer fit to testify.

But during those 3 years, the official was never suspended and still holds his position today.

Provincial Treasury chief David Savage said that since the charges were dropped, and on the recommendation of legal services, no disciplinary action was taken against the employee.

GOOD General Secretary Brett Herron is now asking why the DA kept this man in power during a criminal trial, while Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz was recently suspended, although no police records was open at the time.

In 2020, the child’s family said Fritz’s department failed to deliver on its promise to issue a court supervision warrant, intended to ensure the court process is fair and impartial.

Fritz and 4 other senior officials were suspended in January following sexual abuse complaints.

Western Cape Police have confirmed an investigation into the alleged sexual abuse is ongoing.

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