- The DA has opened criminal cases against two officials at the Department of Public Service and Administration
- DA Shadow Minister for Public Service and Administration Dr Leon Schreiber said he received a leaked report on alleged corruption within the department
- The report alleges that Dr Dovhani Mamphiswana influenced the hiring of his mistress Boitumelo Mogwe
A criminal case for alleged corruption was opened on Wednesday by the DA against two top officials at the Public Service Commission (PSC), which acts as a watchdog over the country's public service.
A 37-page investigative report into allegations that the Director-General of the Public Service Commission (PSC), Dr Dovhani Mamphiswana, orchestrated the hiring of his mistress has recommended that he should be charged with fraud and corruption, among other charges
The report recommends that his mistress also be charged.
The leaked report, based on an investigation commissioned by the office of the state attorney in January, alleges that Mamphiswana influenced the appointment of Boitumelo Mogwe to the position of chief director of professional ethics.
The position Mogwe took up comes with an annual salary of R1.3 million.
TimesLIVE reported that DA shadow minister for public service and administration Dr Leon Schreiber said the case was “particularly shocking” because the PSC was supposed to be the premier ethics watchdog over the public service.
Schreiber was speaking outside parliament after laying charges at the Cape Town central police station.
Schreiber said he decided to open a case against them after the report was leaked to him. He added that the appointment was made in December 2019 and a "long, convoluted process" followed after the story came out.
The DA said there has been absolutely no action taken. In the report, it is revealed that documents from Home Affairs show Mogwe and Mamphiswana share a child.
However, the Department of Public Service and Administration has released a statement saying the allegations that were made against Mamphiswana were escalated to President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The DPSA denies the DA allegations that parliament failed to take action on the allegations.
Minister Senzo Mchunu added that apart from the president's investigation, the department conducted their own two-person investigation that is now "at an advanced stage" and a report should be finalised shortly.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that The EFF is calling for the immediate removal of Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer.
Oberholzer was named as a shareholder in a company that defrauded billions from the power utility. The EFF is threatening to occupy Eskom offices unless Oberholzer is removed.
The EFF claims that Oberholzer is working together with Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan to collapse Eskom.
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