State Security Minister David Mahlobo must answer to MPs over ties to Mcebo Dlamini


State Security Minister David Mahlobo must answer to MPs over ties to Mcebo Dlamini

TMG Digital | 2017-01-31 14:34:36.0

David Mahlobo. File photo.

Image by: Trevor Samson/ Business Day

The Speaker of Parliament‚ Baleka Mbete‚ has referred the Minister of State Security‚ David Mahlobo‚ to the Powers and Privileges Committee to answer to an accusation that he was deliberately misleading in his comments on #FeesMustFall leader Mcebo Dlamini.

The Democratic Alliance has objected to this move‚ claiming it is a bid to undermine an investigation referred to the Public Protector. “I have made the Speaker aware of the fact that the DA has referred Mahlobo’s misconduct to the Public Protector‚ who is the only one who should investigate this matter in terms of law.

Any attempt to have a parliamentary committee do so instead would undermine the Public Protector’s investigation and may help Mahlobo avoid accountability for violating the Executive Ethics Code‚” said John Steenhuisen‚ the DA’s Chief Whip. In November 2016 Mahlobo‚ responding to an oral question from DA MP Belinda Bozzoli‚ stated that Dlamini has never been to his home.

Mahlobo stated: “The meeting never took place. Mcebo Dlamini has not been in my house.”

His response contradicted a declaration he made only two days prior‚ during a recorded panel discussion hosted by the Institute for Security Studies‚ when he said: “And I happen to know Mcebo [Dlamini]. He has been to my house several times.”

But ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu dismissed the DA’s objection as “just politicking”.

“Definitely somebody needs to investigate the matter. The best placed body to do that is the ethics committee.”

“He’s (Mahlobo) a member of Parliament. Now they have complained to the speaker and the speaker correctly says here is the body of parliament that can look at such a matter. I think they are politicking. Where else would the speaker refer such a matter?” asked Mthembu.

The DA’s Mike Waters MP‚ referred the matter to the Public Protector on 17 November 2016 for an urgent investigation into the breach of the Executive Ethics Code. “We have since received confirmation from the Public Protector’s office that an investigation into Mahlobo’s misconduct is under way‚” Steenhuisen said.

“However‚ an extension has been sought as the minister is yet to respond to the allegations.” “We appeal to the Speaker to withdraw her referral of this matter to the Powers and Privileges Committee.”

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