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Mgidlana given 7 days to explain why he should not be suspended

Secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana asked to be put on special leave at the end of May, while Parliament’s internal audit committee carried out the probe.

Secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - Secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana has seven days to explain why he should not be placed on precautionary suspension.

He faces disciplinary proceedings after being investigated for serious allegations of maladministration and abuse of power.

Mgidlana asked to be put on special leave at the end of May, while Parliament’s internal audit committee carried out the probe.

After considering the investigation’s report, Parliament’s Speaker Baleka Mbete and the chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Thandi Modise, have decided that Mgidlana has a case to answer.

The investigation was triggered by a complaint by public sector union Nehawu, which also asked the Public Protector to investigate.

The allegations against Mgidlana include a R71,000 bonus to himself soon after his appointment, the improper award of a study bursary, abuse of Parliament’s travel policy and the improper procurement of services.

Mgidlana believes he’ll be cleared.

“I’m quite confident that I’ll be cleared of any wrongdoing.”

But Nehawu’s Parliamentary branch secretary Temba Gubula says the union feels vindicated.

“The fact that he’s going to face a disciplinary hearing, for us as a union, it’s a victory for us. And we believe the evidence against him is watertight, there’s no escaping for him.”

The union is calling for Mgidlana to be suspended with immediate effect.

Mgidlana has denied any wrongdoing.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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