Parliament Institutes Disciplinary Proceedings Against Secretary
Parliament, Friday 20 March 2009 – Parliament’s Presiding Officers, National Assembly Speaker Ms Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde, and National Council of Provinces Chairperson Mr Mninwa J Mahlangu, this week instituted disciplinary proceedings against the Secretary to Parliament Mr Zingile Dingani.
The charges against Mr Dingani relate to conduct inconsistent with the functioning of the Secretary to Parliament and dereliction of duty, following an investigation into the activities of the National Council of Provinces Secretary Advocate Lulama Matyolo-Dube.
The disciplinary proceedings against Mr Dingani are scheduled to start on 30 March and will be presided over by an independent chairperson from outside Parliament.
Parliament’s Presiding Officers briefed the institution’s multi-party Parliamentary Oversight Authority (POA) about these developments yesterday, Thursday 19 March and the POA endorsed the action against Mr Dingani.
Parliament is determined that these internal disciplinary proceedings occur in a procedurally fair and correct manner and, therefore, at this stage, has no further comment to make on either the proceedings or specific charges against Mr Dingani.
The outcome of these disciplinary proceedings cannot be predetermined and Parliament will make further announcements when the proceedings have run their course.
It is Parliament’s intention to conclude the internal disciplinary proceedings as soon as reasonably possible, with due regard for procedural and substantive fairness.
To ensure continued an efficient management of Parliament, the institution has appointed Deputy Secretary Mr Michael Coetzee as Acting Secretary with immediate effect.
Issued by the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa
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