Parliament suspends security heads after Malema’s office burglary

2015-07-30 16:33
Zelda Holtzman, head of the Parliamentary Protection Services. Picture: Peter Abrahams

Zelda Holtzman, head of the Parliamentary Protection Services. Picture: Peter Abrahams

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Parliament has broken its silence and announced the suspension of members of the Parliamentary Protection Services following an alleged burglary in the office of Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema. 

Parliament today said it had placed the head of the Parliamentary Protection Services, Zelda Holtzman, and her deputy, Motlatsi Mokgatla, on “precautionary suspension” with full pay. The suspensions were effective immediately. 

Parliament said the suspensions were implemented in order to allow for a full investigation of “alleged breaches and other issues affecting the Parliamentary Protection Services in an environment free of any perception of possible bias”. 

The investigation is scheduled to be completed by the end of August. 

“Parliament wishes to stress that the suspensions do not in any way constitute a judgment or penalty.” 

Yesterday the EFF released a statement saying that Malema’s office had been broken into and that valuable documents, including Malema’s travel and security information, had been stolen. 

The party said it suspected that the robbery was an inside job. 

The EFF was not immediately available for comment.

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