Arts of­fi­cial claims anti-strug­gle ‘bour­geoisie’ be­hind his sus­pen­sion

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - POLITICS - XOLANI MBANJWA

A TOP Arts De­part­men­tal of­fi­cial, sus­pended for al­legedly ly­ing to a par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee, has ac­cused his bosses of pun­ish­ing him for fight­ing against apartheid.

He said there was a dif­fer­ence be­tween ly­ing and provid- ing in­com­plete in­for­ma­tion.

Mzukisi Mad­lavu told the Week­end Ar­gus he had been sus­pended not for ly­ing to Par­lia­ment, but rather be­cause he had chal­lenged the depart­ment for not shortlist­ing him for the po­si­tion of chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer. He has been act­ing in the po­si­tion for the past two years.

Mad­lavu said, without men­tion­ing names, that the depart­ment’s “bour­geoisie” was “mak­ing me pay for my strug­gle against apartheid… I went to Robben Is­land from 1977 to 1991. I am pay­ing for that”.

But the depart­ment claims Mad­lavu lied to Par­lia­ment’s stand­ing com­mit­tee on pub­lic ac­counts in Au­gust.

Mad­lavu told the com­mit­tee a crim­i­nal charge had been laid against a se­nior of­fi­cial for fraud and fail­ure to dis­close fi­nan­cial in­ter­ests.

But he could not pro­vide the com­mit­tee with the case num­ber, say­ing he had in­structed a ju­nior of­fi­cial to lay the charge.

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