- The Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has released an adverse report fingering Herman Mashaba
- Mkhwebane found that Mashaba had made irregular appointments during his time as the mayor of Joburg
- The City of Johannesburg has welcomed the report after its release on Monday
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has fingered Herman Mashaba in her report on an investigation into allegations concerning the City of Joburg.
Mkhwebane, releasing several reports on Monday, found that Mashaba had made irregular appointments, including that of former Joburg chief of Metro Police David Tembe during Mashaba's time as Mayor.
The City of Joburg has welcomed Mkhwebane's findings and committed to moving swiftly to implement the Public Protector's recommendations.
In a statement released by the City, spokesperson Mlimandlela Ndamase commented that:
“The Public Proctor has adversely found against the former mayor in that he acted improperly, irregularly and unlawfully.”
The City is also contemplating legal action against individuals who improperly benefited from the appointments:
“The city also wants to confirm that it will be interrogating the report and will be taking further actions in trying to see how we could possibly recover some of the monies from those that have been irregularly and unlawfully appointed.”
Mashaba opted to resign from the position after Helen Zille returned to the Democratic Alliance, with former party leader Mmusi Maimane opting to leave soon after.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has had another bad day at the office and has lost another court case.
The Pretoria High Court ruled Mkhwebane's recommended remedial action be set aside in the matter involving former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan approving Ivan Pillay's early retirement.
Ten years ago Mkhwebane reported that Gordhan had irregularly approved Pillay's pension. Gordhan had approached the court to have the matter set aside according to eNCA.
He had also asked for a costs order, asking that Mkhwebane pay the costs in her personal capacity. However, the court dismissed the cost order.
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