PRESIDENT AND WESTERN CAPE PREMIER FAIL TO IMPLEMENT BINDING PUBLIC PROTECTOR REMEDIAL ACTION
14 January 2022
Nearly three months after the Public Protector found Western Cape Premier Alan Winde and his MEC for Local Government Anton Bredell in breach of the Executive Ethics Act, ordering President Cyril Ramaphosa to act against Winde, and Winde to act against Bredell within 60 days, no remedial action appears to have been implemented.
The Public Protector found that Winde acted unconstitutionally when he told the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs in June 2020 that a political agreement between Bredell and DA councillors, in the Oudtshoorn Municipality, to place the council under the administration of the province was legal.
Bredell was found to have breached his legal and constitutional obligations to address fraud, corruption and maladministration allegations at the Oudtshoorn Municipality as required by Section 139 of the Constitution and Section 106 of the Municipal Systems Act.
Bredell was also found to have breached the Executive Ethics Act and Code when he did not act diligently and in good faith as required in terms of paragraph 2.1 of the Executive Ethics Code. The Public Protector found his conduct was not in the best interest of good governance or consistent with his office. The MEC had exposed himself to the risk of a conflict between his official responsibilities as MEC and his private interest as a member of the DA, the Public Protector said.