Were ‘whis­tle blow­ers’ sus­pended by Par­lia­ment over ten­der scan­dal?

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - POLITICS - CAIPHUS KGOSANA

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.

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