EFF, DA call for Parliament secretary's head

2016-04-25 16:32
(Jenni Evans, News24)

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Cape Town – The EFF on Monday called for Parliament’s secretary, Gengezi Mgidlana, to be disciplined for a 10-day, R1m "oversight trip" to the UK.

Mgidlana needed to admit he merely travelled to Europe "for tourism", EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said in a statement.

The City Press reported that Mgidlana and his delegation of four people spent R940 622 on the UK trip in September last year. Of this amount, R177 350 was spent on a three-night stay at a London hotel.

A week later, Mgidlana and his delegation travelled to Turkey, to study the workings of the Turkish Parliament, and then to Switzerland, for the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). This cost another R900 000.

Ndlozi said Parliament’s administration had not improved since September. He questioned how so much money could be spent on a trip, while Parliament’s workers were told that the institution had limited resources and could not pay them benefits and salary increases.

Parliament’s workers went on strike for a month in November last year.

Ndlozi said Parliament should not tolerate, useless, or wasteful expenditure.

On Sunday, DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen said Mgidlana was more interested in widening his waistline and pockets.

"This is a disgusting appropriation of public funds and Mr Mgidlana and his office must account for it," he said.

Parliament rejected the newspaper’s report as sensational, baseless, and aimed at besmirching and damage the name of the institution and the good names of the officials cited.

"The article is reckless and reduces a benchmarking exercise and attendance of an Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) meeting by a delegation to a 'jaunt, a journey made for pleasure'," Parliament said in a statement.

It unfairly and maliciously misinterpreted the implementation of an approved Parliament strategy, budget and annual performance plan.

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