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parliamentANA reports that suspended Secretary to Parliament, Gengezi Mgidlana, who was suspended more than two years ago, could face the axe after a disciplinary panel recommended that he should be summarily dismissed on four of the charges levelled against him.  

Briefing MPs on Wednesday, National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise said Mgidlana faced a total of 13 charges.  One of the charges was withdrawn because of a lack of evidence, while he was found not guilty of five because there were no clear policies around the charges he was facing.  Modise said that on the seven charges in respect of which he was found guilty, the disciplinary panel recommended Mgidlana receive a written warning for three and be summarily dismissed because of the seriousness of the other four charges.  The recommendation will now go to the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces for a final decision.  Democratic Alliance chief whip John Steenhuisen asked Modise if it would not be cheaper for Parliament to wait until Mgidlana's contract ran out later this year.  However, Modise ruled that out, saying it would leave Mgidlana free to leave the institution and walk into another job with an unblemished record.

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