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Parliament Suspends 9 Officials In Connection With National Assembly Fire

Xolile George emphasized that the suspensions are necessary to maintain the integrity of the institution and to ensure an impartial process.

Parliament has recently taken the decision to suspend nine officials in connection with the fire that devastated the National Assembly building and caused extensive damage to the adjacent old assembly almost two years ago.

These officials are part of a larger group of 28 individuals who have been identified in an independent investigation as potentially responsible for security and other lapses that contributed to the buildings being targeted in a suspected arson attack.

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An independent investigation into the fire has concluded that only one suspect, who has no connection to Parliament, is criminally liable for the incident. The estimated cost of repairing the damage caused by the fire is expected to be around R2 billion.

Xolile George, the Secretary to Parliament, has stated that the 28 officials identified in the investigation were given an opportunity in October to respond to a notice of possible charges related to Parliament’s internal fire investigation.

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Out of the 28 officials, only two did not respond immediately. Some of the officials who were served with notices provided satisfactory explanations for their actions, and Parliament is currently considering whether they should receive professional development to address any potential skills gaps.

However, there are 13 staff members who failed to provide acceptable answers and will now face disciplinary proceedings.

These individuals will soon receive notice of the specific charges they will be facing. In order to prevent any potential influence on others, nine senior staff members have been placed on suspension with full pay and benefits.

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Xolile George emphasized that the suspensions are necessary to maintain the integrity of the institution and to ensure an impartial process.

By taking this action, Parliament intends to demonstrate its commitment to holding its officials accountable for any lapses in security or negligence that may have contributed to the fire incident.

The fire at the National Assembly building was a significant event that not only caused extensive damage but also raised concerns about the security measures in place.

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The suspension of the nine officials is a clear indication that Parliament is taking the matter seriously and is determined to address any potential shortcomings.

It is important for Parliament to conduct a thorough investigation and hold those responsible accountable. This will not only help in preventing similar incidents in the future but will also restore public confidence in the institution.

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Keitumetse Modise for SurgeZirc SA
Keitumetse Modise for SurgeZirc SA
Keitumetse Modise is a passionate and dedicated local news writer who brings the latest news and updates from your community straight to your doorstep. With years of experience in journalism, Keitumetse has established herself as a reliable source of information, covering a wide range of topics that matter to you.
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