Parliament's security boss Zelda Holtzman fired

Although Holtzman, who was suspended in July 2015, was acquitted of most of the 14 charges against her, she was found guilty of three offences related to her management of her unit.

Zelda Holtzman. Picture: Facebook.com

CAPE TOWN - Parliament has decided to fire its suspended head of Parliamentary Protection Services, Zelda Holtzman, with immediate effect.

The move comes a few days after the chairperson of her disciplinary inquiry recommended she be dismissed - more than two years after she was placed on suspension.

Lobby group Right 2 Know is convinced she’s being punished for blowing the whistle on the abuse of state resources.

Throughout her protracted labour dispute, Holtzman argued she was being unfairly treated for raising concerns about Secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana's problematic use of official vehicles fitted with blue lights, and the recruitment of police officers to bolster Parliament's Protection Services. Mgidlana has denied any wrongdoing.

She was suspended in July 2015 but acquitted of most of the 14 charges against her.

Holtzman was, however, found guilty of three offences related to the management of her unit.

Parliament’s spokesperson Moloto Mothapo says she was notified of her dismissal on Tuesday.

“Parliament is satisfied that due and fair process was followed.”

Inquiry chairperson Takalani Madima recommended Holtzman be dismissed for insubordination and failing to produce a business plan.