Recommendation Of Adv Mpumlwana For HRC

1 October 2009

Allegations that Advocate Loyiso Mpumlwana may not have fully disclosed to Parliament details pertaining to his departure from the position he held at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in 1997 are of a serious nature and cannot be ignored.

The allegations imply that Adv Mpumlwana may have been expelled from the TRC after a disciplinary inquiry found him guilty of various charges.

In light of these allegations, the Office of the Chief Whip will propose to the National Assembly Speaker that he urgently request the President to delay appointing Adv Mpumlwana to the Human Rights Commission, as recommended by Parliament. The delay will afford Parliament an opportunity to conduct an investigation into these allegations.

The investigation will assist Parliament in arriving at an appropriate decision in relation to Adv Mpumlwana’s eligibility to serve on the Commission. The Constitution stipulates, amongst others, that a person must be fit and proper to be eligible to serve as a Commissioner.

Issued by
The Office of the ANC Chief Whip
ANC Parliamentary Caucus
Parliament of the Republic of SA
Cape Town, 8000

Moloto Mothapo 082 370 6930