Parly singles out chamber chaos culprits
Video footage’s been reviewed and Parliament’s administration has asked police to investigate all allegations.
CAPE TOWN - Parliament has "identified the culprits" responsible for breaching its security during a chaotic sitting last month and, it says, the report will go to the police.
During President Jacob Zuma's appearance in the National Assembly on 17 May, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Members of Parliament (MPs) clashed with security, their supporters stormed the corridors and property was damaged.
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Allegations later surfaced that EFF leader Julius Malema's private security had entered the chamber to protect him during the brawl, prompting a call from the Democratic Alliance (DA) and African National Congress (ANC) for Parliament to investigate.
Video footage has been reviewed, and Parliament's administration has asked police to investigate all the allegations associated with the dramatic sitting.
Spokesperson Luzuko Jacobs says, a report has been compiled, "which has assisted us in identifying the people who did what they were not authorized to do."
Despite conceding that Parliament's security was breached, Jacobs says no staff members are being hauled over the coals.
"We do not have any information at present which suggest that any official or officials might have been culpable in this regard."
However, in June last year, Parliament's security head, Zelda Holtzman and her deputy were placed on precautionary suspension over "alleged security breaches" and other issues related to their unit.
She was acquitted of most of the charges during a disciplinary hearing several months later. Holtzman regards her suspension as an attempt to oust her for speaking out against Secretary to Parliament, Gengezi Mgidlana's alleged abuse of state resources.
When asked why action was taken against Holtzman and not in this case, Jacobs responded that the two cases are different.
He says, the security breach on 17 May is related to third-party individuals, and police are investigating.
Democratic Alliance Chief Whip, John Steenhuisen is astounded that no one has been held accountable for the breaches.
"It's remarkable given the fact that it is probably the most serious breach in parliamentary security in democratic South Africa."
Steenhuisen says Mgidlana must shoulder the blame, because members of the Parliamentary Protection Services were not in an identifiable uniform, which made the infiltration easier.
Spokesperson for the ANC in Parliament, Moloto Mothapo, says the police must conclude the investigation as soon as possible.
"Those who have maliciously damaged the property of Parliament, as well as storming into the chamber of Parliament must be held accountable, criminally."
The EFF was unavailable for comment.
The party had previously questioned why the president's own bodyguards were allowed into the chamber during the brawl.
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