'He took no steps at all to lead and protect his department from stumbling into the predictable chasm,' court finds.
The North Gauteng High Court yesterday dismissed with costs an application by Gauteng's former MEC for Health, Dr Bandile Masuku, to review and set aside a report by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) that led to his dismissal by Premier David Makhura in October 2020.
The landmark case had been argued in January and Monday's judgment was quickly "welcomed" by the SIU, which noted that the judgment "affirms that the SIU is discharging its mandate of investigating allegations of corruption and maladministration in the affairs of State institutions in a manner that is fair and just, and its long-standing statement that investigations conducted by the corruption-busting Unit are evidence-based and not influenced by any other measure".
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Masuku's legal team was not so enthusiastic. While welcoming the court's dicta that Masuku is not accused of corruption or nepotism, nor has the SIU found any evidence to that effect, other aspects of the judgment were "noted" and criticised as a "terribly missed opportunity" to make clear the limits and...