Disgraced Western Cape MEC for community safety Albert Fritz is a step closer to being named a prime suspect in multiple sexual assault cases, according to a statement released by police.
SAPS confirms criminal inquiry against Albert Fritz
On Wednesday, Premier Alan Winde confirmed Advocate Jennifer Williams as the external legal counsel who will conduct the investigation into the Fritz sex scandal.
It’s alleged the 62-year-old suspended community safety MEC, with the assistance of senior executives in his office, groomed and lured interns into sadistic sexcapades.
Winde, on Thursday, also revealed that the South African police have stepped in, following calls for action from the ANC in the Western Cape, to launch a criminal inquiry “relating to the allegations made against Minister Albert Fritz.”
The Premier also noted that, as things stand, a case docket has not yet been registered. This, we understand, is due to the fact that police are waiting for crucial documentation from the victims.
“I also fully support the South African Police Service’s reminder that their doors remain open to the complainants. I have echoed this call to the complainants directly and note that it remains their choice to lay charges – one in which we must all respect,” Winde added.
The identities of the victims have been kept away from the media to protect their safety and mental health. However, the rumour mill has been abuzz with speculation. According to sources who spoke in anonymity to Weekend Argus, there are at least six victims who have come forward thus far.
The matter now rests with Adv. Williams, who will have to comb through affidavits, witness testimony and consider the accounts of the accused before submitting her final recommendations to Winde.
While the complainants have not, as yet, filed criminal charges against the MEC, Winde may be compelled to do so if the investigations concludes that this is the necessary action that must be taken.
Fritz has kept a low profile amid the sex scandal.