Report suggests Public Protector has sights set on Bathabile, Nomvula

Report suggests Public Protector has sights set on Bathabile, Nomvula

- According a new report, the Public Protector may be investigating Bathabile Dlamini and Nomvula Mokonyane

- Both face allegations of maladministration

- Meanwhile, Pravin Gordhan's lawyers have asked the Gauteng High Court to set aside the Public Protector's report concerning the Public Enterprises minister

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Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane is reportedly looking into complaints against Bathabile Dlamini and Nomvula Mokonyane.

This comes after Mkhwebane found Pravin Gordhan guilty of violating the Constitution by granting an early retirement payout to former Sars deputy Ivan Pillay.

Mkhwebane has been udner significant scrutiny since making the ruling.

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The Public Protector's office has confirmed that complaints have been laid concerning Nomvula Mokonyane. Allegedly, Mokonyane irregularly awarded tenders while serving as water and sanitation minister, according to News24.

Additionally, Mokonyane faces complaints of maladministration regarding her handling of the installation of a major pipeline which affected the Giyani community.

Similarly, former social development minister Bathabile Dlamini is being investigated due to dubious tenders awarded by the SA Social Security Agency. 

Dlamini was dropped from Cyril Ramaphosa's new Cabinet (although she is still an MP), while Mokonyane has opted not to take up her seat in the National Assembly, citing family responsibilities. 

However, it seems likely that the pair's exit from government posts is connected to the charges against them.

Meanwhile, Pravin Gordhan's legal representatives have asked the Gauteng High Court to set aside the Public Protector's report which found against him.

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Despite the Public Protector recommending remedial action against Gordhan, Cyril Ramaphosa appointed Gordhan yesterday as Public Enterprises minister in his new Cabinet, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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