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'Parliament's secretary should be fired'

A disciplinary committee has recommended that the secretary of Parliament be fired with immediate effect.

Inside Parliament. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - A disciplinary committee on Thursday recommended that secretary of Parliament, Zingile Dingani, be fired with immediate effect.

In March, he was placed on special leave after allegations of misconduct first surfaced.

Dingani was found guilty on two out of nine charges, for using a R186,000 salary advance to build a security wall at his home.

In August, Parliament's Chief Financial Officer Leslie Mondo axed him for instructing Parliament's finance department to issue the advance.

Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Nomaindia Mfeketho said Dingani provided false and misleading information to secure the advance.

She said he knew salary advances were no longer part of Parliament's policies and had not been for several years.

Mfeketho said he was found guilty of the two most serious charges.

She added this may amount to criminal misconduct.

Mfeketho said she has repaid the money in full.

Dingani's fate now lies in the hands of the executive authority.

It will table a recommendation on Tuesday which will be taken to the National Assembly for a final decision.