11 January 2019

South Africa: Parliament Breaks Promises Over Probe Into Manager's Death, Claims Garane Family

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Left: Lennox Garane. Right: An image macro featuring text from a statement by the family of Lennox Garane.
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The family of Lennox Garane, the parliamentary manager who committed suicide in 2018 as a protest, in his words, against abuse and bullying within Parliament's administration by senior staff, has declared itself 'greatly disappointed that Parliament did not keep to any of their promises with regards to the investigation' into his death.

This article first appeared in Notes from the House

With little advance notice and no public consultation, Parliament appointed the Public Service Commission (PSC) to conduct an inquiry into the tragedy.

However, in a letter to the PSC dated 19 December 2018 the Garane family wrote that Parliament "has dealt with the family in a "dictatorial manner as opposed to a collaborative relationship promised" and adds that this "has only further increased our distrust for the parliamentary system in its commitment to administrative justice".

The Garane family is full of praise for the way the PSC has conducted itself, and in its latest correspondence with the PSC expresses thanks for "the consummate and empathetic manner in which it dealt with the family". However, it described Parliament's response as "arrogant", "disappointing" and "inadequate".

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