While South Africans are trying to soak up the alarming number of resignations that have hit them since January, another key investigator has toed the line.
BuzzSouthAfrica has been reliably informed that an influential investigator working in the office of the Public Protector has resigned.
Prior to her resignation, Advocate Nkebe Kanyane worked in the department of good governance and integrity unit and was Nkandla report investigator.
Kanyane has not officially commented on the development but the Public Protector touched on it while responding to questions from reporters on Thursday.
Delivering her report on her first 100 days in office, Mkhwebane said the investigator voluntarily resigned and has gotten another job.
She explained: “We have a good quality and skilled employees, any organisation would like to employ them. She voluntarily resigned and she’s been offered a better offer somewhere else.”
It might interest you to know that a slew of staff have quietly resigned or been forced out of the camp since Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane took over the office.
Most of the victims, as reported, were senior office holders who worked with former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.
The first victim was Madonsela’s chief of staff, Bonginkosi Dhlamini. Dhlamini was demoted at first and subsequently dismissed by the Public Protector over claims that he was a threat to her security.
Dhlamini’s expulsion was followed by that of Janine Hicks – a former special adviser to Madonsela. However, the table later turned against Busisiwe, as Hicks, in turn, took her to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).
Busisiwe, in the long run, lost the case and was ordered to pay Hicks for the duration of her contract for unfairly dismissing her.
Another staffer that felt her bite was a member of the public protector’s office’s communications team, former journalist Belinda Moses.
Moses’ hide was whipped by the Public Protector while trying to carry out an official duty in Durban. She reportedly booked an accommodation for a week so she could work at the Aoma general assembly in Durban, but Busisiwe cancelled both her accommodation and flight for no just reason.
Informants in the office of the Public Protector revealed that people had to put together R2,500 for her plane ticket to come back to Johannesburg.
It is safe to say that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has obviously put her own stamp on her job. She seems to be bossy – she leads while others follow without a say.
Do you think she is gradually turning to South Africa’s own Trump?
Let’s hear you.