Max's Showing at DA's Provincial Bosberaad Sealed His Fate as MEC

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Max's Showing at DA's Provincial Bosberaad Sealed His Fate as MEC


BYLINE: Quinton Mtyala

LENNIT MAX'S fate was sealed on Wednesday, days after the Democratic Alliance's provincial caucus met for a bosberaad at Piekenierskloof, Piketberg.

That's when Patricia de Lille received an invitation from Premier Helen Zille to join the provincial cabinet. Asked when she had made the decision to reshuffle her cabinet, Zille said it was made "during the course of last week".

At the bosberaad, two Fridays ago, members of the provincial cabinet had to report on progress made in implementing strategic objectives for their departments.

According to a DA source, Max "rambled on" without submitting any of his plans for community policing to party colleagues.

He was also unable to present a DA alternative to policing in the Western Cape.

Max, responding via SMS, said the claims against him were "nonsense" and that his presentation was "handled" by one of Zille's advisers.

He would not say when he was informed of plans to axe him.

Zille is also believed to have been annoyed by several incidences involving Max over the the last eight months

These included the appointment of Kenny Africa as the provincial head of traffic, claims of sexual impropriety involving Max, the firing of his former spin doctor and the snubbing last week of Bheki Cele at the Western Cape Prestige Awards for police.

Africa left his last job as George's chief traffic officer under suspension following two inquiries into his conduct there.

In March, he was appointed provincial traffic chief, with Zille saying afterwards that she had learnt of the controversy surrounding him only through press reports. …

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