DA in push to declare Hlongwa unfit

Johannesburg - The DA in Gauteng wants the legislature’s integrity commissioner to declare ANC chief whip Brian Hlongwa unfit to hold public office.

The DA’s application was filed with Dr Ralph Mgijima on Wednesday.

ANC Gauteng chief whip Brian Hlongwa is challenging R1.4 bn fraud charges. Photo: Dumisani Sibeko. Credit: THE STAR

The DA’s Jack Bloom claimed Hlongwa had breached various codes governing the behaviour of a public official.

In his complaint, he said Hlongwa had received various payments into his personal accounts, and a loan for his house and family trips from undeclared funders.

At the same time, Hlongwa was expected to file papers in the South Gauteng High Court in Joburg on Thursday to challenge the R1.4 billion fraud and corruption charges brought against him by the National Prosecuting Authority. The charges were filed on July 21.

To support his application, Bloom supplied Mgijima with all the court documents filed in the high court.

“These are part of an application for an asset-forfeiture order for a property owned by Hlongwa at 163 Eccleston Crescent in Bryanston, Johannesburg, as well as the forfeiture of claims against the Gauteng Health Department by 3P Consulting (Pty) Ltd and the Baoki consortium.”

He said Hlongwa benefited from companies that were doing work for the Health Department but failed to declare this to the legislature.

“At no time did Mr Hlongwa declare to the Gauteng legislature the holiday to Cuba; payments towards his new house at Eccleston Crescent; various home renovations; rent-free accommodation; cash; spa treatments; or other benefits received from Mr Payne, Mr Smidek, Mr Pillay or their various entities,” Bloom said.

He said senior officials in the Health Department had also benefited and failed to declare this.

In his letter to Mgijima, Bloom lists Hlongwa’s alleged undeclared benefits, including the following:

Bloom said legislature members were required to declare their interests every year, and failure to do so was a breach of the Members Code of Conduct.

E-mailed questions were sent to Hlongwa, and the ANC in Gauteng and in the legislature. Spokesman Kgapa Mabusela said the matter had been sent to caucus chairman Sipho Makama.