Parly secretary put on special leave

2012-03-27 21:38

Cape own - Secretary to Parliament Zingile Dingani and the institution's chief financial officer Leslie Mondo have been placed on special leave, Parliament announced on Tuesday.

"Following the decision of the presiding officers to conduct an investigation into the salary advance of R186 000... Dingani, the secretary and... Mondo have requested and have been granted leave pending the investigation with effect from 26 March 2012," it said in a statement.

Deputy Secretary to Parliament Michael Coetzee had been appointed to act as secretary to Parliament until further notice.

Last week, it was announced that Dingani would be investigated for allegedly using R186 000 of Parliament's money to build a wall around his house.

"The presiding officers of Parliament have noted with serious concern the reportage around the advance salary payment made, in December 2011, to the Secretary to Parliament, Mr Zingile Dingani, for the construction of a security wall at his residence," said a statement from Parliament on Friday.

The presiding officers - National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu and National Council of Provinces chairperson Mninwa Mahlangu - had taken a decision to refer the matter for investigation to the auditor general (AG).

If it was found that such an investigation was outside the AG's scope, the public protector would be requested to take the investigation up under the auspices of her office, it said.

According to the Sunday Times, Dingani was given permission for the advance by Sisulu after a security assessment of his home.

When Sisulu discovered there was no proper policy on securing the homes of senior managers, he demanded that Dingani repay the money and an arrangement was made for him to repay the amount in monthly instalments of R10 000.

However, his December instalment was refunded to him. Dingani earns R1.8m a year.

In 2009, a senior management meeting, chaired by Dingani, agreed that financial assistance to parliamentary staff, including loans, be stopped.

  • marina.poniatowska - 2012-03-27 21:47

    Is the "special leave" to go spend the "special bonus"?

      Godfrey - 2012-03-27 22:02

      And FULL pay for the next 2 years...avg investigation time.

      gillian.sabino1 - 2012-03-27 22:56

      In the UK parlamentarians which claimed false expenses went to jail. When are the anc travelgate parlamentarians going to jail?

      Marc - 2012-03-28 07:09

      And "Special" pay in the meantime. R1.8m a year salary and he cant afford to build a wall around his house. shame poor oke

  • Nazeer - 2012-03-27 22:03

    dont sure its apartheid's fault

  • Scouter - 2012-03-27 22:24

    Oh for heaven's sake ..... yet two more nefarious parasites on paid leave. I'm beginning to think special paid leave is some kind of bonus, once you have pilfered your department's purse to the max.

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-03-27 22:59

    All ANC aboard the gravey train!! More like it will be 10 years of pay before someone says anything.

  • Gregory - 2012-03-28 05:57

    1.8 M a year and he can't afford to secure his own home. He obviously has the idiotic skills of a ANC cadre.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-28 06:42

    The ANC loves walls. They built a R90m one for Mbeki, remember? Their blue-light convoys, arrogance, wasteful expenditure, disregard of the citizens of S.A., back-up aircraft,nepotism, corruption and the secrecy Bill are all like walls which they are building between themselves and the lowly public. Perhaps the ANC should just build a wall right around themselves with three little hatches. One through which the public can deposit their hard earned money, the next which spews ANC propaganda and the third which can be opened on election day.

  • Bibi - 2012-03-28 07:22

    If he was working at any private company, he would have been fired.

  • evdwesthuizen1 - 2012-03-28 07:28

    Ja. More of my tax money being used for the anc.

  • an0nthinker - 2012-03-28 08:08

    At R150 000 per month salary, he could pay off his wall in two months!! Wtf! Why are people earning so much money in this country? It's insane.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-28 13:41

      This is the thing. They don't EARN this money. It gets GIVEN to them, because they feel they are ENTITLED to it because they are the ANC. In Government the top salary (President) should not be more than 10x the lowest (office cleaner) salary, and there should not be more than 20 notches from lowest to highest. So, if the top person gets R100 000 per month, the lowest earner should not receive less than R10 000 per month.

  • Phillys - 2012-03-28 16:30

    2 bar a year and this permanently disadvantaged CancER leech wants me to fund his high walls? Zingle Dingle can go and f*ck himself!!!

  • odupreez - 2012-04-03 13:00

    @godfrey - there is a school principal thats been on suspension for just over 7 years, so this one may break the record ?

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