Parly's suspended security head seeks urgent interdict in Labour Court

2015-10-27 20:39
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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An application for an interdict against the hearing of Parliament’s head of security – which was due to start tomorrow – was brought to the Labour Court today.

The suspended security head, Zelda Holtzman, was at the Labour Court but declined to speak to the media about the case.

She was suspended earlier along with her deputy Motlatsi Mokgatla for, among other things, alleged dereliction of duty.

Her legal representative Sageer Pansari said the application for an interdict was brought because there was already an arbitration process under way at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.

This arbitration case was scheduled for November 23 and 27.

Earlier, after a preliminary investigation, Parliament compiled some findings which were put to the two to answer. These included alleged insubordination, safety violations and failure to perform certain managerial duties. 

According to Pansari, Holtzman was told on Friday – at short notice – that her hearing would start on Wednesday, hence the application for an interdict to stay the disciplinary hearing.

“There cannot be two parallel processes.”

The hearing would therefore not take place tomorrow and the application will be heard on Friday, November 6.

Two of Parliament’s legal representatives who were at the court referred questions to parliamentary spokesperson Luzuko Jacobs.

Parliament said in a statement that Holtzman’s hearing would start after the arbitration.

Holtzman had argued that it was never properly explained to them why they were suspended.
She described in court papers the run-up of events to her suspension. Herein she refers to earlier objections she raised on behalf of her staff members who were used as drivers for the secretary of Parliament, Gengezi Mgadlana. Holtzman in court papers, claimed that Mgadlana used official cars and blue lights for personal reasons – something that was, according to her, only allowed in extreme circumstances. 

In court papers she claimed that Mgadlana asked security officers to use the blue lights illegally and jump red traffic lights. Soon thereafter, in July, she received a notice of her immediate suspension. 

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