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parliamentThe Citizen reports that the parliamentary manager who shot himself in his office last week laid the blame in his suicide note for his death at the door of a former ANC MP.  

He claimed that several parliamentary structures failed to support him from the abuse he was suffering at the ex-MP’s hands, after he became his manager in parliament’s international relations and protocol division.  The official, Lennox Garane, 57, apparently left a note saying his suicide was a protest against 20 months of bullying.  The note was circulated among mourners at his memorial service.  Headed “It’s A Protest Suicide”‚ the note described his daily misery working for the MP.  He claimed to have submitted a grievance, which the MP refused to consider.  He also claimed to have submitted complaints to the parliamentary accounting officer, as well as speaker Baleka Mbete and National Council of Provinces chair Thandi Modise – all of which proved futile.  “Twenty months on‚ I could not take it any more – I had to resort to this protest action to get the message across to the perpetrators and protectors of unfairness,” Garane wrote.  Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli has promised to launch an inquiry into Garane’s suicide.  On her website, ‘Notes from the House’, Moira Levy, former manager in parliament’s communication services, documented her and other parliamentary workers’ daily struggles working there.

  • Read more of this The Citizen report at SA Labour News
  • Read too, 'Bullied' employee quoted verses from the Old Testament in suicide note, at Timeslive
  • And also, Parliament cautions against speculation following suicide of official, at EWN

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