News24.com | Mkhwebane accused of purging whistle-blowers

News24.com | Mkhwebane accused of purging whistle-blowers

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The Public Servants’ Affiliation (PSA), the bulk union in the region of job of the Public Protector, has accused the region of job of “purging their union’s store stewards”, who had been key in exposing maladministration.

Per the PSA, the region of job of the Public Protector is subjecting it to unwarranted disciplinary lawsuits in an are attempting and silence it.

Acting PSA customary manager Reuben Maleka says the replace union is “perturbed by the apparent purging of the union’s store stewards in the region of job of the Public Protector”, after one such store steward, Tebogo Kekana, became as soon as charged with violating the Public Protector’s code of conduct and recordsdata security coverage by allegedly disclosing confidential recordsdata.

“Kekana regarded sooner than a disciplinary listening to on August 11. He became as soon as discovered guilty by the chairperson [Advocate Christoffel Fourie] on three costs concerning to the disclosure of confidential recordsdata that came about on thrice – December 2017, June 2018 and November 2018,” talked about Maleka.

The union will intensify its efforts to tell maladministration on the embattled entity to restore belief in the integrity of this wanted institution.

Acting PSA customary manager Reuben Maleka

Per the 52-page disciplinary epic compiled by Fourie, and seen by Metropolis Press, Kekana became as soon as, amongst assorted issues, charged with contravening “the code of conduct and paragraph 8.7.3.2 of the facts security coverage, in that on November 20 2018, he came into contact with confidential hasten recordsdata of the then chief govt officer [CEO Vussy Mahlangu] which had erroneously been sent to him by email, and disclosed it to Isaac Matlawe.”

Matlawe left the region of job of the final public protector sooner than a disciplinary job became as soon as instituted.

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Maleka says that, last yr, the PSA exposed irregularities that had resulted in Mahlangu’s departure from the region of job of the Public Protector in December. Metropolis Press understands that the irregularities connected to the hasten recordsdata Kekana allegedly shared, which published that Mahlangu had purchased financial advances for trips.

Mahlangu had been appointed by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane and resigned all correct now in January, citing the must “pursue assorted alternatives” as his explanation for leaving.

Mkhwebane talked about no wrongdoing on his fraction when she launched his departure.

Notwithstanding his resignation, the PSA persevered with an utility it had made in December inquiring for the Promotion of Accumulate entry to to Info Act to facilitate enquiries about the conditions of Mahlangu’s appointment, citing – amongst assorted issues – his dismissal as a deputy director-customary from the division of rural construction and land reform.

In a letter sent by Sefanyetso Attorneys, the union requested whether or now not Mahlangu had disclosed his dismissal from his old post in his CV and throughout interviews on the Public Protector’s region of job.

Though Kekana became as soon as discovered guilty on all costs throughout his disciplinary job, Mkhwebane’s region of job has yet to impart whether or now not he’ll be fired.

Mkhwebane’s spokesperson, Oupa Segalwe, declined to observation on the matter.

Participants of the union had been hauled sooner than kangaroo courts concocted by the region of job of the Public Protector in an strive halt the PSA from persevering with to tell maladministration in an institution

Acting PSA customary manager Reuben Maleka

Besides Kekana, the PSA has pointed to the forcing out of Matlawe last yr and the continuing disciplinary processes of three assorted PSA-affiliated participants as being indicative of an onslaught focused on its participants.

“The PSA is, alternatively, now not surprised by the choice of the disciplinary job [regarding Kekana], as assorted participants of the union had been hauled sooner than kangaroo courts concocted by the region of job of the Public Protector in an strive halt the PSA from persevering with to tell maladministration in an institution, which is mandated to present protection to the final public in opposition to such abuse,” talked about Maleka.

The PSA points out that, no matter Kekana being discovered guilty, now not one of many data that he shared became as soon as as labeled in the email correspondence. It as a consequence of this truth assumes that the region of job of the Public Protector is searching for to silence PSA participants who be pleased exposed irregularities in the region of job.

Maleka adds that the PSA will now not succumb to any be pleased of assault or the purging of its participants, and says this may perchance perchance perchance steal the latest dismissal to the Price for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.

“The union will intensify its efforts to tell maladministration on the embattled entity to restore belief in the integrity of this wanted institution,” he talked about.

These latest accusations add stress to the already beleaguered Mkhwebane, who spent this week preventing tooth and nail to interdict parliamentary removal lawsuits in opposition to her.

This article became as soon as updated on August 26 to exact an inaccuracy that had been carried in the sooner version wherein Metropolis Press had incorrectly talked about advocate Isaac Matlawe became as soon as “fired”  from the Public Protector’s region of job. Matlawe left the region of job on his comprise accord sooner than disciplinary lawsuits had been instituted. We apologise to Matlawe for the incorrect reporting.


Juniour Khumalo 

Political Journalist

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