Top administrators resign in double blow for Public Protector

2014-09-09 16:35

The chief executive and chief financial officers in the office of the Public Protector have resigned.

Chief executive Themba Mthethwa’s extended employment contract was due to expire on December 31, spokesperson Oupa Segalwe said.

However, he resigned last month indicating that he had received a better offer elsewhere.

Chief financial officer Dumisani Dlamini, also resigned last month after accepting a better offer elsewhere.

“Due to the Public Protector South Africa’s limited resources, the chief executive and chief financial officer are appointed at lower levels compared to their equals in government,” said Segalwe.

“For example, the chief executive should have been at the level of a director-general and the chief financial officer should have been at the level of the deputy director-general.”

In 2012, Mthethwa was at the centre of allegations of maladministration and financial misconduct in the office of the Public Protector.

These allegations were contained in an anonymous 12-page document, allegedly by a group of employees.

At the time, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela confirmed that she was investigating the allegations.

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