Holtzman to fight dismissal as Head of Parly’s Protection Services

CAPE TOWN – Parliament in Cape Town announced its decision to fire Zelda Holtzman following the recommendations of an independent inquiry, that found her guilty on three charges including insubordination.

The former head of Parliament’s Protection Services says that she has every intention to fight her dismissal.

Holtzman maintains that she has been victimized for blowing the whistle on the abuse of state resources.

Parliament announced that it had made the decision to fire Holtzman following the recommendations of an independent inquiry which found her to guilty of all three charges brought against her.

The former head has been on paid suspension since July 2015. Holtzman claimed from the onset that she was served with trumped-up charges after raising concerns about recruitment processes and the Secretary to Parliament Gengei Mgidlana’s alleged use of state official vehicles fitted with blue lights

Mgidlana, however, has denied any wrong doing.

“As much as it is expected, it now gives me the opportunity to have the matter that I originally raised properly investigated, including the victimisation and the occupation detriment that I suffered as a result of exposing the unlawful use of blue lights.”

Mgidlana has been placed on special leave pending an investigation into various claims of mismanagement.

The spokesperson of Parliament, Moloto Mothapo, says that the outcome of Holtzman’s case will not have any bearing on the inquiry into Mgidlana.

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