ANC Western Cape secretary Faiez Jacobs is facing criminal charges that were laid against him for assaulting another ANC staff. Faiez Jacobs who has been accused of assaulting a staff researcher at the party’s branch offices will have to face disciplinary actions from both Cape Town Magistrate’s Court and the ANC.
The ANC in the Western Cape acknowledged that there was an incident at their offices on Monday, 30th November, 2015, which involved the Provincial Secretary and a staff researcher.
ANC officials met on 2nd December, 2015 to discuss the incident and have decided to refer the matter to its Internal disciplinary process with the aim of speedily resolving the matter.
However, the seriousness of the matter and its sensitive nature has led to certain decisions being taken by the ANC officials.
“I received a message from the complainant – Wesly Seale sharing with me that he received a call from the SAPS that Comrade Faiez Jacobs is formally charged,” party spokesperson Jabu Mfusi told News24 on Tuesday.
“His first appearance in court will be on 11th February, 2016 at Cape Town Magistrate’s Court,” Mfusi said. It was reported that Faiez Jacobs hit Seale for his failure to write a report on the organisation late last year.
Following the incident, the ANC placed Jacobs on suspension and instituted disciplinary proceedings against him.
The internal disciplinary action was still working on the matter and Jacobs was expected to appear before the ANC’s internal disciplinary committee on Saturday before the court order arrived.
Faiez Jacobs is currently under precautionary suspension following the alleged assault.
The Current Deputy Provincial Secretary, Thandi Manikivana will be acting Provincial Secretary until the matter has been fully resolved.
Meanwhile, the work at the ANC Provincial office will continue to run as smoothly as it is supposed to.