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parliamentSABC News reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has written to Parliament’s Powers and Privileges Committee requesting feedback on progress made in respect of a compliant made to investigate former National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula about a 70% salary increase given to the Secretary to Parliament, Xolile George.

George’s salary was increased from R2. 6 million to R4. 4 million while having been in the position for less than three months. DA Chief Whip Siviwe Gwarube lodged a complaint with the then Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Lechesa Tsenoli, who is now acting Speaker, asking for the matter to be investigated by the committee. In Gwarube’s view, Mapisa-Nqakula breached the ethics code, including non-compliance with accountability and transparency. She indicated: “While the Speaker may no longer be the Member of Parliament and indeed the Speaker of the National Assembly, however she is still accountable even as an ordinary citizen because the Powers and Privileges Committee is empowered by the powers and immunities act. So, if one is found to have contravened that act, they would have been broken the law and they could be criminally charged for breaking that law. And so, it’s important for us to continue asking the questions but also what is important, almost R5 million salary is still being paid … and the Secretary to Parliament is still in his position.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Abongwe Kobokana at SABC News

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