Yet another DA senior leader in Cape Town has been caught in a possible qualifications lie.
City of Cape Town Mayco member for Safety and Security, JP Smith is the latest high-profile DA figure to be fingered in an ongoing qualifications scandal.
This after the Weekend Argus revealed that Smith’s biography sent by his personal assistant to the Music Exchange conference organisers says he has an honours degree in English from Stellenbosch University.
Smith was a guest speaker at the conference in 2019.
During a 2018 13-day Safer Western Cape conference in which Smith was one of the speakers, his profile said he had an honours degree in English from the University of Stellenbosch, reported the Weekend Argus.
Smith is however said to have quit studying when he became fully active in politics.
In response to the report by the Weekend Argus, Smith issued a statement:
“My previous and current CV has at all times accurately reflected my qualifications. My highest tertiary qualification is a BA Degree which I obtained from Stellenbosch University in 1993. My CV has been verified by the DA candidate process as accurate.”
“This CV, submitted in early 2020, accurately reflects my tertiary qualifications with my BA degree listed as my highest completed degree. My CV is and has always been, accurately reflected on the City of Cape Town website. The CV further explicitly reflects an Honours in English as incomplete. It has been my intention to return to completing this Honours degree, but workload over the last years has made that impossible.”
“At some point, a clerical error was made in editing a bio by omitting the term ‘incomplete’ in relation to an incomplete Honours in English postgraduate qualification. This error must have persisted for a while some years ago until a subsequent edit update corrected it.”
The EFF in the Western Cape has called for the immediate suspension and arrest of Smith.
EFF Western Cape calls for the immediate suspension and arrest of the @Our_DA City of Cape Town Mayco member for Safety and Security, Jean-Pierre (JP) Smith for allegedly lying about his qualifications. #JPSmithMustFall @EFFSouthAfrica @CityofCT @alanwinde pic.twitter.com/WdNJZWqyol
— EFF_Western Cape (@EFFWesternCape_) June 10, 2021
The DA has been embroiled in a number of qualification scandals recently.
Bonginkosi Madikizela resigned as the DA Western Cape leader after it was revealed that he misrepresented his qualifications.
Mayco Member for Water and Waste at the City of Cape Town, Xanthea Limberg is under investigation by the DA’s federal council for allegedly misrepresenting her qualifications.