Public Protector denies deputy's claim he was sidelined in ABSA report

Public Protector denies deputy's claim he was sidelined in ABSA report

Busisiwe Mkhwebane's office has rubbished claims that Deputy Kevin Malunga had not been consulted on some of their investigations. This comes as Malunga highlighted the weaknesses in the entity, including a lack of consultation.

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The office of the Public Protector has denied claims that Deputy Public Protector Kevin Malunga had been sidelined during investigations.

Malunga had laid bare the alleged issues at the office, claiming that there was a lack of consultation between officials.

The Deputy Public Protector had claimed that he had not known about Mkhwebane's ABSA/ Bankorp report.

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Briefly.co.za reported that this report had since been set aside by the High Court, with Mkhwebane ordered to pay around R900 000 in costs.

Oupa Segwale, spokesperson for the Public Protector, says that there is no truth to claims that Malunga had been kept out of the loop:

"The deputy Public Protector sits on a number of decision-making bodies - the exco, leadership committee as well as the dashboard. It is not surprising that he may not be involved because that has not been part of his scope."

With the deputy's term in office coming to an end later this year, his relationship with the Public Protector seems to be taking strain, reports EWN.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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