Parliament sanctions Cele, Shivambu, Peters for breaching ethics code

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Parliament sanctions Cele, Shivambu, Peters for breaching ethics code

A parliamentary committee has issued rebukes and penalties against Deputy Minister of Small Business Minister Dipuo Peters, EFF MP Floyd Shivambu, and Police Minister Bheki Cele for violations of ethics codes.

The joint ethics committee report comes after extensive investigations into complaints against the members. Peters and Shivambu had unsuccessfully tried blocking the release of the findings.

Regarding Peters, she was faulted for not appointing a CEO at the Passenger Rail Agency during her previous role as Transport Minister. Her inaction cost the agency R1.7 million.

The committee suspended Peters from parliamentary activities for one term over the lapse.

Shivambu was ordered to repay nine days’ salary after failing to properly disclose over R180,000 received from his brother’s company, some possibly linked to the collapsed VBS Mutual Bank.

Cele earned a demand from the committee to publicly apologize to an activist he lashed out against in a public meeting. The video showed Cele telling the man to “shut up” before having him forcibly removed.

The reprimands aim to uphold accountability and ethics standards for all public representatives, the committee emphasized. Breaches erode critical public trust in Parliament’s integrity.

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