25 April 2018

South Africa: Secretary to Parliament Splurged Millions 'Extravagantly' On Travel and Luxuries


International and local travel totalling almost R4-million in two-and-a-half years secured by iffy means. Blue lights used unlawfully, while even using Parliament's cars for the occasional school run. Getting Parliament to pay for attending funerals, weddings and a fashion show, together with one's better half. Unqualified personnel hired into management.

These are among findings against suspended Secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana, and some of his staff, by the national legislature's internal audit committee. The 247-page report, unsigned and undated but under Parliament's logo, details much of what has caused ructions at the institution for over two years.

Parliament's internal audit committee report into various claims of mismanagement and abuse of power by Secretary to Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana was kept under wraps since its completion in late 2017. So tightly under wraps was it that even MPs of the Joint Standing Committee on the Financial Management of Parliament in November agreed only to view it under supervision, without pen, paper or cellphones.

Then Mgidlana went to court to have this internal audit committee investigative report reviewed and set aside because, according to his affidavit, it violated his right to administrative justice under the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act, contained "serious and...

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