Head of SA weather service relieved of duties

2016-11-10 22:00
Dr Linda Makuleni (Supplied)

Dr Linda Makuleni (Supplied)

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Cape Town - The head of the South African Weather Service (SAWS) has been relieved of her duties.

Mmapula Kgari, the interim head, said in a statement on Wednesday that SAWS CEO Dr Linda Makuleni was relieved of her duties last Wednesday "because her contract expired and to allow her to focus on her future", Netwerk24 reported.

The Public Protector's office has investigated SAWS twice in four years.

In 2015 whistleblowers at the service sent the Public Protector's office a report called Stormy Weather, detailing alleged tender irregularities, The Star reported. In 2009 the protector's office and auditors investigated Makuleni over tenders that were irregularly awarded.

SAWS workers told the Public Protector how the service's acting general manager, Khanyisa Hanisi, bought Makuleni a Cellini Serenade designer handbag for R3 795 and claimed the money back.

Hanisi bought the handbag using her own credit card for Makuleni as a present for completing her MBA, the Mail & Guardian reported.

"This would have been an admirable gesture had the acting GM [general manager] not later claimed this money from [the weather service]. Not knowing the full details of the claim, finance staff were made to process the claim," the workers' complaint read.

Makuleni was appointed CEO on April 1, 2007, and had just five months left on her contract.

SAWS spokesperson Hannelee Doubell told Netwerk24 she could not comment on the matter.

Read more on:    saws  |  corruption  |  tenders

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