Were ‘whistle blowers’ suspended by Parliament over tender scandal?
PARLIAMENT has suspended two officials from its procurement division for tender irregularities. But insiders claim they are whistle-blowers targeted by management.
In a statement yesterday, Parliament said: “The suspen- sion of the officials is a precautionary measure to ensure that Parliament’s tender processes are beyond suspicion and that they are carried out in an environment free of any perception of possible interference.”
The tender became the subject of an investigation which uncovered certain irregulari- ties. Parliament undertook the investigation after a series of articles by Weekend Argus blew the lid on widespread irregularities, including the existence of a powerful clique of managers – amaBhubhesi (lions).
The clique was accused of running the legislative and oversight division of Parlia- ment with an iron fist, employing relatives and giving favours to sympathetic staff members.
But an insider said yesterday the two officials who were suspended were junior staff members who exposed the clique.
Parliamentary spokesman Luzuko Jacobs could not be reached for comment.