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parliamentNews24 reports that parliamentary spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said in a statement on Saturday that an independent inquiry into the suicide of a parliamentary official would be instituted.  

Section manager for policy in the international and protocol division of parliament, Lennox Garane, committed suicide in his office on 14 September.  During a visit to Garane’s family, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and National Council of Provinces Chairperson Thandi Modise made a commitment to ensure that the circumstances surrounding Garane’s death would be investigated.  "The probe should, amongst others, assist both the family and Parliament in finding closure and ensuring that appropriate mechanisms are put in place to avert recurrence of such a tragedy," Mothapo stated.  The details of the inquiry will be announced once the process of appointing an independent investigator and the terms of reference are finalised.  A police officer faces disciplinary proceedings for allowing Garane into the parliamentary building without screening on the day of his death.

  • Read this report by Christina Pitt in full at News24

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