BuzzSouthAfrica learned that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has shoved aside Thuli Madonsela’s former chief of staff Bonginkosi Dhlamini.
Dhlamini made the startling revelation to reporters. He said Busisiwe marched him out the office of the Public Protector after she sent her VIP bouncers.
The former chief of staff stated that the new public protector claimed that he and other people who worked closely with Madonsela are threats to her security and will no longer need his services.
Dhlamini, who has been on a one-year contract with the option of renewal based on good performance, said his contract ought to expire at the end of June 2017.
The former chief of staff told reporters that after he was marched out, he stayed at home for two weeks, after which a lower portfolio was assigned to him.
Prior to the incidence, the Huffington Post reported that Busisiwe had earlier snubbed Dhlamini on her first day at work. She allegedly refused to meet with people who worked with Madonsela on that day.
“.. I was told she doesn’t need the team working with Madonsela in her private office,” he recalled.
Dhlamini vehemently asserted that Busisiwe apparently came to the office with a real attitude. This, he said, became clearer after she met Madonsela in a meeting.
“The first meeting was fine. But from that day I realized something was amiss. When she was there and Advocate Madonsela was giving a verbal handover she was busy with her phone throughout. She was not interested at all. I realized she was coming with a real attitude,” Dhlamini said.
Reacting to the former chief of staff’s removal, the office of the Public Protector stated categorically that it is still exploring a new post for him.
Bonginkosi Dhlamini has long been replaced by customer services manager Linda Molelekoa in an acting capacity.
There’ve been many departures in the office of the Public Protector since Busisiwe took over the reins of the prominent institution. On 2 November 2016 the CEO of the public protector’s office, Louisa Zondo, confirmed her resignation, citing “personal reasons”.
In October, reports had it that Madonsela’s former personal assistant, Busi Jele, was also set to be redeployed to another sector.