Travelgate investigations still incomplete

Internal parliamentary proceedings against 11 Travelgate MPs identified by the Scorpions at least two years ago have still not been concluded, according to court papers filed this week.

Internal parliamentary proceedings against 11 Travelgate MPs identified by the Scorpions at least two years ago have still not been concluded, according to court papers filed this week.

The 11 apparently include safety and security portfolio committee chairman Maggie Sotyu and sport committee chairman Butana Komphela.

The papers were part of parliament's response to an urgent application by businessman Hugh Glenister to stop yesterday's vote on bills that will kill off the Scorpions.

The application was rejected on Wednesday night.

In an affidavit parliament's ethics committee chairman Luwellyn Landers said the Scorpions had investigated about 300 MPs allegedly involved in travel voucher irregularities.

In most cases, he said, the investigations resulted in decisions not to prosecute the members.

But 31 were identified for prosecution and 11 cases "referred to parliament to deal with internally".

Among them - the copy is incomplete - were Jonathan Arendse, Onewang Kasienyane, Monontsi Mzondeki, Masenyani Baloyi, Bulelwa Tinto, Pietos Mathebe, Nomhle Mahlawe, N Nonkonyana (sic - the only Nonkonyana in parliament is Mwelo), Zolile Kolweni, Sotyu and Komphela.

It is not clear how the 13 became 11, though some MPs might have quit their seats.

The Scorpions' Western Cape boss said in the letter that the names were an extract of a report the Scorpions presented to the secretary of parliament "some time ago".

Landers said of the 31 MPs identified for prosecution by the Scorpions, 29 entered plea bargains, and one prosecution was withdrawn on humanitarian grounds. - Sapa

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