A parliamentary official has been exposed for wasting millions on some rather ridiculous travel costs. Now, he will have to account for himself.
Parliamentary chief Gengezi Mgidlana is in very hot water over a finding that shows him spending R4m of taxpayers’ money on transport. On Friday, the Cape Town High Court dismissed his bid to stop Parliament carrying out a disciplinary hearing.
Mgidlana will now have to answer to the audit committee of Parliament, the group which found that he acted in breach of the Financial Management of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures Act (FMPPLA) as well as the Road Traffic Act.
The SundayTimes has reported on the previously secret parliamentary findings.
The audit committee originally investigated allegations from public sector union the National Health Education and Allied Workers Union. Each group claimed that Mgidlana has been handed a R31000 bursary to study at the University of South Africa while junior staff were said to have been declined.
He also travelled with his spouse to work-related meetings and ordered parliamentary staff to drive him and members of his family fitted with blue lights.
He is even accused of instructing the drivers to ignore red traffic lights.
Mgidlana had hoped that the High Court would interdict his disciplinary hearing. He had argued that he intended to demand a judicial review of the audit committee report. Mgidlana claimed that the audit committee had “dealt with him unfairly” during their investigation.
It also apparently had “no mandate” to conduct a probe in terms of the FFPPLA, according to Mgidlana.
Parliament’s committee’s and internal groups have their hands well and truly full at the moment. The Eskom inquiry has been attempting for the last few months to issue summons to the Guptas, Duduzane Zuma and even Dudu Myeni.
The Guptas and Zuma have been out the country but the latter will now have to return to SA as the NPA has officially reopened charges against him.
What a mad time we are living in, folks.