JP Smith latest DA member embroiled in qualification scandal

Cape Town – DA City of Cape Town caucus Deputy Leader, Mayco member for Safety and Security, DA Cape Metro Region Deputy Chairperson and DA Western Cape Provincial Deputy Chairperson JP Smith is the latest DA member to be embroiled in a qualification scandal.

The Weekend Argus can completely reveal that Smith’s biography despatched by his personal assistant to the Music Exchange convention organisers the place he was a visitor speaker in 2019 says he has an honours diploma in English from Stellenbosch University.

The Weekend Argus can even completely reveal that this isn’t true as he didn’t full his honours. Also, in 2018, Smith was a part of 56 audio system in the 13-day Safer Western Cape convention which mentioned methods to fight crime in the province, a topic Smith is acquainted with as he has greater than a decade’s expertise working in the municipal’s security and safety portfolio. His profile on the listing mentioned Smith has an honours diploma in English from the University of Stellenbosch.

Smith give up learning as quickly as he grew to become totally lively in politics.

The electronic mail despatched by Smith’s PA to Music Exchange occasion organisers the place he was invited as a visitor speaker. The biography says Smith accomplished his Honours in English at Stellenbosch University. Picture: Supplied

He opted to launch a full media assertion to the general public somewhat than responding to the Weekend Argus after it uncovered the data.

In the assertion, he mentioned: “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.”

JP Smith’s biography submitted to the Music Exchange. Picture: Supplied

The organiser of the Music Exchange convention Martin Mayers revealed that he acquired JP’s biography from his personal assistant and connected it for the Weekend Argus to see.

“We always ask for biographies and used what was sent to us by his personal assistant.”

Smith, unaware that the Weekend Argus is in possession of the e-mail his personal assistant despatched on his behalf, attacked the Weekend Argus, saying the paper doesn’t prescribe to the Press Code, and is thought for “incessant misinformation”.

“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.”

He added that he has not been concerned in the periodic updates and modifying of bios and was not conscious of the unlucky error till alerted to it by the Weekend Argus.

“However, it is clear that there was no intention to deceive anyone on the issue, nor to benefit in any way from this, and the correct information is prominently and publicly available. Not once have I been invited to attend an event or represent the City of Cape Town on the basis of having completed an Honours degree. It is irrelevant and superfluous to the work at hand.

“When media choose to invent stories to feed an anti-DA narrative instead of reporting on real-life situations that actually require public attention, it is simply incomprehensible.”

The DA has been embroiled in quite a lot of qualification scandals not too long ago, and the celebration has taken a call to confirm {qualifications} of its members.

Mayco Member for Water and Waste on the City of Cape Town, Xanthea Limberg is at present underneath investigation by the DA’s federal council for allegedly misrepresenting her {qualifications}. Former DA Western Cape chief Bonginkosi Madikizela resigned from the provincial cupboard after it was revealed that he misrepresented his {qualifications}.

Weekend Argus

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