Head & deputy of Parliamentary Protection Services suspended

Zelda Holtzman and Motlatsi Mokgatla have been placed on precautionary suspension immediately.

FILE: Parliament announced the decision in a short statement a few minutes ago. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament has announced that the head of the Parliamentary Protection Services and her deputy have been suspended with immediate effect.

It comes shortly after Members of Parliament (MPs) adopted a new rule to deal with disruptions involving the parliamentary protection services.

Zelda Holtzman and her deputy, Motlatsi Mokgatla, have been placed on precautionary suspension immediately with full pay.

Parliament announced the decision in a short statement this afternoon.

The suspensions have been implemented to enable the investigation of alleged security breaches and other issues affecting the Parliamentary Protection Services.

The legislature goes on say that these breaches took place in an environment free of any perception of possible bias.

The investigation is expected to be completed by the end of next month.