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publicprotectorBL Premium reports that National Assembly speaker Thandi Modise is to consider a request by the Public Servants Association (PSA) for parliament to investigate allegations of maladministration in the office of the public protector.  

She is also expected to decide in coming weeks if and when parliament will institute an inquiry into Mkhwebane’s fitness to hold office.  Should Modise grant the PSA’s request for a maladministration investigation, Mkhwebane could end up facing two parliamentary probes.  This will be on top of applications challenging her competence and fitness to hold office.  The PSA, the union that represents the majority of the staff employed at the public protector’s office, said it was concerned about the recent spate of suspensions and dismissals of senior executives and investigators at the chapter 9 institution.  It wants parliament to investigate the allegedly irregular appointment of Vussy Mahlangu, who was fired by the department of rural development & land reform before being hired as public protector CEO.  According to the PSA, he did not have the required security clearance.  Mahlangu has since resigned from his post in Mkhwebane’s office.  The PSA has criticised Mahlangu for resigning before accounting for his actions.  The union has demanded that Mkhwebane “provide clarity on whether Mahlangu disclosed in his CV and during interviews that he had been dismissed from the public service because of misconduct relating to dishonesty.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Karyn Maughan at BusinessLive (paywall access only)

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