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earningsTimesLIVE reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) has tabled a motion for parliament to establish an ad hoc joint committee to investigate the details surrounding the 2022 salary increase for secretary to parliament Xolile George.

DA chief whip Siviwe Gwarube said this was necessary because of the failure of the executive authority, made up of former National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and National Council of Provinces chair Amos Masondo, to investigate the 70% increase to George’s salary. The DA previously raised the matter at meetings of the joint standing committee on the financial management of parliament. Last week the powers and privileges committee found that Mapisa-Nqakula had a case to answer to in relation to George’s pay hike, but resolved not to probe the matter further, owing to her resignation over corruption charges. In the view of the committee, it no longer had jurisdiction over Mapisa-Nqakula and could no longer pursue the DA’s complaint against her. But according to Gwarube, the chairs of that committee delayed the matter and sought to sweep it under the carpet. She indicated: “The matter also met roadblocks when it was raised in the chief whips’ forum. However, the facts around this salary hike remain vague and questions still remain: why was the secretary to parliament awarded a salary that is 70% more than what was advertised and what was presented in parliament? What remedial actions remain? Who must be held accountable for misleading parliament?”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Andisiwe Makinana at BusinessLive
  • Read too, DA 'will not rest', says chief whip, as party seeks ad-hoc committee probe into secretary's salary, at News24

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