Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, on Wednesday, welcomed into the ranks of her office, Themba Dlamini‚ as the institution’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Dlamini was appointed to fill the vacancy left by Advocate Louisa Zondo, who resigned in November 2016, citing personal reasons for her departure.
Shortly after Zondo resigned last year, Businessman and commentator Bo Mbindwane, alleged on the social media that Zondo resigned because Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga offered her the position of the Strategic Executive Head for the DA Chief Whip in the city.
CEO in the Public Protector Office Adv Zondo has been appointed as the Strategic Executive Head: for DA Chief Whip in the City of Tshwane.
— Bo Mbindwane (@mbindwane) November 2, 2016
But Mbindwane’s claim was immediately refuted by Msimanga’s spokesperson, Samkelo Mgobozi, who described the information as a false news.
Mgobozi, however, confirmed at the time, that the position of the strategic executive head has been vacant and many candidates were interviewed for the position, but someone other than Advocate Zondo would be appointed to the role.
Meanwhile, the office of the Public Protector said in a statement that the new CEO joins the office on a five-year fixed term contract. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane also expressed confidence in Themba’s appointment.
She added: “We hope to benefit from his knowledge and expertise to attain clean audits so that we can lead by example when it comes to issues of good governance.
We also look to him to help us improve institutional performance, getting more out of little resources we have at our disposal. This will include attending to and effectively implementing performance management and development policies.”
Dlamini boasts a career spanning nearly three decades in both the private and public sector. He was the former CEO of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) and the National Gambling Board.
Also, he has previously served as Deputy Director-General responsible for Corporate Services and Governance within the Department of Science and Technology, as well as a special adviser to the Minister of Labour.