Mkhwebane accused of lies, irregular conduct in high-profile probes

Mkhwebane accused of lies, irregular conduct in high-profile probes

- Basani Baloyi has claimed that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane lied and acted unconstitutionally in favour of furthering her own career

- The former COO for the Public Protector alleges that high-profile investigations were impacted by this

- Baloyi is currently engaged in a labour dispute against Mkhwebane, demanding reinstatement to her former position

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Basani Baloyi has claimed that Busisiwe Mkhwebane was dishonest in a number of high-profile investigations in a bid to further her own career.

A Mail & Guardian report detailed how the former chief operating officer accused Mkhwebane of lying and acting unconstitutionally in crucial and politically sensitive investigations.

Baloyi claims that the findings against President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister Pravin Gordhan were subjected to improper conduct.

These heavy-handed allegations come at a time when Baloyi is engaged in a labour dispute with Mkhwebane and Public Protector CEO Vussy Mahlangu.

The former COO is demanding to be reinstated, claiming she had been 'purged' because she was an obstacle to the Public Protector and CEO 'using their powers for their own personal advancement'.

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Baloyi is adamant that Mkhwebane released reports to advantage the CEO, improperly prioritising investigations and 'playing chess' with South Africa.

Mkhwebane's spokesperson Oupa Segalwe has indicated they will be defending the case, rejecting the allegations as 'baseless and malicious' seeking to 'feed into the meritless claims' that have been levied against the Public Protector.

Segalwe claims that Baloyi had never raised these concerns during her time at the entity and had been let go over performance issues:

“At the end of the probation, her employment was not confirmed due to performance and conduct issues. Therefore there was no purge or dismissal.” reported that the Public Protector had released adverse findings against President Cyril Ramaphosa in her investigation into a R500 000 BOSASA donation.

Segalwe says that Baloyi had crossed the line in this high-profile investigation, commenting that:

“The matter involved the head of state and the information gathered, including bank statements, had to be handled with care. In fact, Ms Baloyi was on a number of times found to have revealed sensitive details of investigations during social gatherings, breaching confidentiality agreements, and was cautioned about that."

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