- Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has been in the news for all the wrong reasons
- Mkhwebane made news thanks to her sudden staff changes very recently
- One of the changes involved Sibusiso Nyembe, a lawyer who now works as her special adviser for R1.2 million a year
South Africa's Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane recently appointed a new special adviser. The post was previously filled by a panel that worked for free. The new special adviser, Sibusiso Nyembe, will be paid R1.2 million a year.
Nyembe was also appointed at chief director level. He will be giving Mkhwebane advice on sociopolitical, legal and current affairs advice.
He has been given a 3-month contract.
Mkhwebane caused an upset when she suddenly made changes to her staff. According to a News24 report, she appointed new staff without being certain they are fit for the jobs given to them.
Another upset was when Mkhwebane refused to take part in a proper handover process.
It is felt by many South Africans that Thuli Madonsela's replacement didn't have her priorities straight since her appointment in 2016.
Mkhwebane also implemented a new policy on the appointment of advisers - leading to her being able to hire who she wanted as she wanted.
Briefly.co.za learned that when Mkhwebane was expected to explain this sudden shift in staff, she didn't show up for the meeting.
The public protector claimed to have a family emergency. She is expected to attend another meeting - this one to request an inquiry into whether or not she's fit for the job as public protector.
According to Mkhwebane's spokesperson Oupa Segalwe stated that Nyembe's appointment was above board.
Nyembe has a BProc degree and was an attorney of the high court. He has 20 years experience in his field.
Nyembe is an outspoken Mkhwebane fan on social media.
It was on social media that people reacted quite strongly to Nyembe's appointment as special adviser.
It started with a sarcastic tweet:
Nyembe decided to reply to the tweets:
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