CCMA can't take part in Parly's suspended Protection Services head

Parliament now believes the path has been cleared to push ahead with the hearing.

Parliament of South Africa. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has found it does not have jurisdiction to deal with the dispute involving Parliament and its suspended head of Protection Services.

Zelda Holtzman turned to the CCMA claiming she had been unfairly treated after she and her deputy Motlatsi Mokgatla were placed on precautionary suspension in July.

She believes she was suspended for raising concerns about the Secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana's use of official vehicles fitted with blue lights and the recruitment of police officers to bolster parliament's protection services.

Holtzman has been fighting her employer at the CCMA and in the Labour Court to avoid facing a disciplinary hearing.

She approached the CCMA first, claiming she had been suspended after voicing her concerns about the Secretary to Parliament's alleged abuse of official vehicles.

When she was served with a charge sheet late last month, she turned to the Labour Court to try and interdict her disciplinary hearing.

Her Advocate, Johann Nortje, argued in Court on Friday that her case should first be concluded at the CCMA before she's made to face disciplinary proceedings.

Parliament now believes the path has been cleared to push ahead with the hearing.