Bloom put on ice over Hlongwa accusations

2009-11-17 14:24

THE Gauteng Legislature has suspended Democratic Alliance leader

Jack Bloom after he failed to apologise for accusing ANC chief whip Brian

Hlongwa of corruption.

Earlier this year, Bloom accused Hlongwa of corruption after

Hlongwa allegedly used a representative of a company that did business with a

provincial government department to buy his R7.2 million house in Bryanston,

north of Johannesburg.

However, an investigation by provincial integrity commissioner

Jules Browde subsequently cleared Hlongwa of any wrongdoing. The commissioner

recommended that Bloom should apologise two months ago for making the

allegations.

Gauteng Legislature Speaker Lindiwe Maseko suspended the DA leader

today for five days after he failed to tender an apology for the offending

remarks.

The ANC welcomed Bloom’s suspension.

“The ANC caucus of the GPL congratulates the speaker …for her

decisive leadership in protecting the decorum of the house and legislature,”

said ANC deputy chief whip Jacqueline Mofokeng.

Bloom has threatened court action over the matter.

“My free speech to speak out against possible corruption has been

violated, which is why the DA is going to court to set aside the speaker’s

sanction and the report of the Privileges and Ethics Committee.

“Today’s action makes it a sad day for democracy in South Africa,”

he said.


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