GP legislature in a mess

FILE PICTURE: The new Gauteng Legislature members taking the Oath of the office during the swearing in of members in Selbourne Hall, Johannesburg, 21 May 2014. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

The Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) has allegedly been bedevilled by acts of corruption and a shortage of resources.

This was raised by a group of concerned workers of the legislature who asked the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) for help as they feared losing their jobs. They pleaded with the party to investigate what they called corruption and nepotism in the legislature.

The Citizen has obtained a copy of a strongly-worded letter sent by a group of disgruntled staff members to the Gauteng EFF MPL and caucus leader, Mandisa Mashego. In the letter, the workers alleged that 150 cellphones were stolen from a room within the GPL building last year, adding no investigation was instituted.

“We request that this matter be re-opened and appropriate actions be instituted against those found to be negligent or guilty,” read the letter in part.

“Most of us (employees) are aware of the numerous cases of corruption, nepotism and other sorts of irregularities but are afraid to come forward for fear of victimisation. We therefore request that you, (EFF) as a leader of the opposition party, launch an urgent investigation on each one of these issues.”

When The Citizen visited the legislature yesterday (Tue), some workers anonymously complained about the “occasional shortage of loo paper” in the toilets.”

Mashego confirmed receipt of the letter and corroborated the allegations.

“I don’t believe whoever wrote this is lying,” she said.

“If workers cannot raise issues openly, then there is a problem of intimidation. We have to provide stationery for our offices from our own constituency. We believe they (GPL) must provide stationery for us.”

Some of the employees’ grievances in the letter were that the position of personal assistant to the legislature Speaker Ntombi Mekgwe was upgraded without following due human resources process of having the position assessed by an external auditor.

Legislature spokesperson Khazi Sithole promised to respond to questions sent to her office yesterday (Wed) afternoon, but last night said there would be a media briefing in the legislature today (Wed) on the Citizen’s inquiry.

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