nxesiSunday Independent reports that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has launched an investigation into Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi over allegations of maladministration, abuse of power, irregular appointments, nepotism and irregular procurement procedures during his tenure at the public works department.  

In a letter to Nxesi dated 25 October, she called on the minister to provide answers related to the investigation.  Her investigation follows an anonymous complaint by a former public works employee who accused Nxesi, who is also the chairperson of the SACP, of appointing or promoting to senior managerial positions women with whom he had sexual relations.  The 10-page letter, which was acknowledged by Nxesi on Monday, contained a litany of allegations, including the appointments of SACP comrades to positions within the department.  Mkhwebane also wrote:  “It is alleged that money meant for aiding projects were never used for that purpose, instead it was channelled to various state entities including the Special Investigating Unit amounting to R400 million.  It is alleged that from 2013, yourself [and a Mr Mokgoro] illegally benefited from foreign aid meant for Expanded Public Works Programme and other unnamed related programmes”.  Nxesi has been given 14 days to respond.

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