Public Protector asked to asses Molefe 'golden handshake' and Dlamini-Zuma VIP protection service

By Drum Digital
18 April 2017

The Office of the Public Protector is assessing a complaint asking it to probe Brian Molefe's reported R30m "golden handshake".

The Office of the Public Protector is assessing a complaint from the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) asking it to probe former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe's reported R30m "golden handshake".

Last week Sanco requested that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane probe whether or not Molefe was entitled to the benefits after he resigned in November 2016 following his implication in the State of Capture report.

The Public Protector's spokesperson, Oupa Segalwe, on Tuesday said the complaint is being assessed for jurisdiction and merit and that it will take up to five working days for Mkhwebane to make a decision.

Segalwe also said the office is yet to receive two requests from the Democratic Alliance, including one about a similar complaint regarding Molefe's exit package.

The DA called Molefe's reported R30m leaving bonus "outrageous", as he had only spent 18 months in the post.

On Tuesday, Mbhele said the party will also submit an application in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) to gain access to Molefe's employment contract at Eskom.

The party disputes Molefe's claim that the pay-out was related to pension benefits.

Dlamini-Zuma VIP protection

The DA's other request involves the VIP protection afforded to former AU Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, largely tipped to be front-runner to succeed her former husband President Jacob Zuma as African National Congress leader.

DA MP Zakhele Mbhele on Sunday said Police Minister Fikile Mbalula was using spurious "security threats" to justify Dlamini-Zuma's state protection.

"Ms Dlamini-Zuma is a firm contender in the succession race for ANC presidency," he said.

"It cannot be that between now and December she will be provided VIP protection at taxpayers' expense, essentially as preferential treatment in an internal party race."

He said the Public Protector needs to investigate the matter as an "abuse of state resources", as Dlamini-Zuma holds no official position in government.

Source: News24

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