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parliamentCity Press reports that former and current employees of Parliament have called on the House to be held accountable for a tragic “protest” suicide, instead of shifting the blame on to the police.  

The employees, angered at the tragic death of Lennox Garane, claim that Parliament has been disingenuous by turning the tragedy into an issue of security, instead of a labour relations issue.  Garane, who had been a section manager for policy in the international relations and protocol division of Parliament, shot himself in his office last Friday.  At a memorial service last week, his brother, Sithembiso Garane, revealed that the deceased had left behind a dossier documenting how toxic his work space had become, along with a letter addressed to his wife.  “I am sorry, I could not take it anymore, this is a protest suicide against gross unfairness,” the letter read.  Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli apologised to Garane’s family last week, saying Parliament could have handled the matter differently.  He said plans were under way to institute an inquiry into what led to the protest suicide.  Current and former employees painted a bleak picture of working conditions at Parliament, saying the silence from labour committees was deafening.

  • Read this report by S’Thembile Cele in full at News24

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