14 investigation reports released by office of the public protector

14 investigation reports released by office of the public protector

Fourteen investigation reports revealing irregular appointments and abuse of whistle-blowers have been released by the public protector’s office.

Other reports by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane concerning the pipeline reveals maladministration on the irregular appointment of staff in the City of Johannesburg during the former Mayor Herman Mashaba’s tenure.

The public protector also made it known that it had to deal with more than 1,600 complaints during the pandemic.

Deputy Public Protector Kholeka Gcaleka said: “We received 1,602 Covid-related complaints since the lockdown period; the bulk of which relate to service delivery failures.

“Eight of the total are good governance matters and relate to procurement irregularities with financial implications for the public purse.”

Gcaleka stated that investigations on high profile including the Vrede Dairy project, Mkhwebane has not been completed.

“We had hoped that once we get the responses, then we will be ready to issue this report today.”

“Some of the parties, unfortunately, requested extensions and therefore we would have to give them that opportunity.”

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