South Africa: Former COO in PP's Office Accuses Mkhwebane of 'Serious and Ongoing Violation of the Constitution'

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Explosive papers filed with the Pretoria High Court by Basani Baloyi, former Chief Operations Officer at the Office of the Public Protector, have offered the first inside view of alleged political interference and abuse of power.

Former Chief Operations Officer at the Office of the Public Protector Basani Baloyi filed a notice of motion at the Pretoria High Court on 7 November 2019 requesting the court not only reinstate her, but also find that Busisiwe Mkhwebane "violated her constitutional obligations... to act independently, impartially and to exercise her powers and perform her functions without fear, favour or prejudice."

Office of the Public Protector CEO Vussy Mahlangu is named as the fourth respondent in Baloyi's application. Baloyi is seeking personal costs from Mahlangu.

She has accused the CEO, among other allegations, of interfering in an investigation into the role of former minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti in the unlawful 2011 acquisition of the Bekendvlei farm in Limpopo.

Basani vs Baloyi, 07 November 2019

Mahlangu was the deputy director-general of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform during the period Bekendvlei farm had been unlawfully procured. In 2016 he was charged with misconduct, found guilty on six...

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