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