publicprotectorNews24 reports that axed Public Protector SA COO, Basani Baloyi, claims that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, as well as CEO Vussy Mahlangu, acted unconstitutionally during investigations of certain complaints.  

"The CEO and the Public Protector were both willing to abuse their offices to advance their own personal agendas.  Their behaviour related to both the content of the report, and the timing of release," she stated in an affidavit challenging her dismissal.  Baloyi was dismissed last month, and three other senior officials were suspended, in a sweeping purge by Mkhwebane.  Baloyi’s attorney, Eric Mabuza, asserted that her dismissal was "completely unlawful" and indicated that she has since taken the matter to court.  According to Baloyi, there was more to her dismissal than met the eye.  She claims Mahlangu repeatedly interfered in investigations, which also led to her axing.  "The real reason [for the dismissal] was that I refused to go along with the attempts by the CEO and the Public Protector to manipulate and abuse their offices for their own personal gain," she said.  Baloyi stated in her affidavit that she found the way Mkhwebane handled the CR17 campaign, as well as the so-called "rogue unit" cases, "extremely unusual".  Baloyi maintains that her axing was malicious, claiming she was an "obstacle" to Mkhwebane and Mahlangu.

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