publicprotectorNews24 reports that the former chief operating officer (COO) at the Office of the Public Protector SA (PP), Basani Baloyi, will be challenging her dismissal in court on the basis that it was “completely unlawful”.  

Her attorney Eric Mabuza said they would be lodging papers in court soon.  Last month, Public Protector (PP) Busisiwe Mkhwebane dismissed Baloyi, along with three other senior officials.  In a letter penned by the PP’s chief executive, Vussy Mahlangu, Baloyi was deemed unsuitable for the position of chief operating officer and lacking the required skills and conduct.  Mahlangu wrote that the PP could not employ Baloyi on a permanent basis, adding that if she wished to appeal the decision she should do so directly to Mkhwebane.  In a letter to the PP dated 28 October, Mabuza indicated that Baloyi would not be appealing the decision “due to the fact that the CEO lacked the authority to terminate her contract of employment.  The termination letter is accordingly a nullity and is of no force and effect."  He added:  "Accordingly, our client cannot be expected to appeal or make representations on something which is a nullity."

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