Zelda Holtzman was suspended when a probe into security breaches at Parliament was launched. Picture: Ian Landsberg/ANA

Cape Town - Parliament on Wednesday confirmed it had dismissed the head of its protection services head Zelda Holtzman.

The move comes more than two years after Holtzman was suspended following a probe into security breaches at Parliament.

The chairperson of the disciplinary inquiry Taki Madima, on Tuesday had recommended dismissal for three charges, and a final written warning for one. 

The recommendations for dismissal were for serious misconduct amounting to gross insubordination.

“These charges related to Ms Holtzman’s refusal to provide written responses and a report to her manager, as per a lawful instruction given to her. This did not only amount to gross insubordination but a breakdown of the trust relationship between employer and employee, which is pivotal in the workplace,” said Parliament spokesperson Moloto Mothapo.

Dismissal was also recommended for failing to produce a business plan in support of Parliament’s strategic plan (a statutory requirement) and to submit an annual budget. 

A final written warning was recommended for failing to take steps to address divisions in the Parliamentary Protection Services, including between herself and her deputy.

Mothapo in a statement confirmed Holtzman's dismissal, with immediate effect, from the employ of Parliament.
"Parliament’s decision of dismissal follows the report named: 'Recommendation on Sanction” from the independent chairperson of the disciplinary inquiry into charges against Holtzman, as head of the Parliamentary Protection Services.
"This report from the inquiry’s independent chairperson, Professor Madima, followed the conclusion of proceedings on aggravation and mitigation of sanctions for charges on which Ms Holtzman was found guilty."