Parliament secretary Gengezi Mgidlana blew R4m of taxpayer money on travel vouchers

Parliament secretary Gengezi Mgidlana blew R4m of taxpayer money on travel vouchers

- The Cape Town High Court has dismissed a bid by Gengezi Mgidlana to stop Parliament from carrying out disciplinary proceedings against him

- He will now have to answer for allegedly blowing R4 million of taxpayer money on travel vouchers

- Mgidlana is also accused of instructing Parliamentary drivers to chauffeur him and his wife around and even to ignore red stop lights

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Embattled Parliamentary Secretary Gengezi Mgidlana has lost his bid in the Cape Town High Court to stop Parliament from carrying out disciplinary proceedings against him. He will now have to answer to lawmakers for blowing an estimated R4 million on travel arrangements.

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

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This comes after the audit committee probed allegations made by the National Health Education and Allied Workers Union that Mgidlana received a bursary to Unisa while junior staff were refused the same privilege.

Briefly.co.za gathered that he was also accused of travelling with his spouse to work-related meetings and that he ordered parliamentary staff to chauffeur him and members of his family in vehicles fitted with blue-lights and that he allegedly instructed his drivers to ignore red traffic lights.

The committee has revealed it made damning findings against Mgidlana in these matters, but had kept these matters out of the public eye for the past six months.

Mgidlana was placed on special leave on 9 June 2017 which was commuted to a precautionary suspension in November pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing.

His application at the High Court was based on him wanting the committee’s findings placed under review. Mgidlana also contended that the committee had treated him unfairly.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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