publicprotectorFinancial Mail reports that labour, under the banner of the Public Servants Association (PSA), is preparing evidence to back allegations of mismanagement in Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s key chapter 9 institution.  

The PSA will apparently meet its members in her office this week to lay out evidence, which will form part of its submission against Mkhwebane to Parliament’s inquiry into her fitness to hold office.  The PSA’s Reuben Maleka indicated that the union would call on parliament to remove her.  He said there were serious complaints against Mkhwebane, particularly from investigators in her office, who have complained that their work was interfered with and that they were illegally placed under surveillance.  He commented further as follows:  "As much as 70% to 80% of our members in the public protector’s office feel she is compromised, especially the investigators … they are now willing to come forward.  We need to protect our members who are victimised and cannot do their work freely.  We received an overwhelming response from members who want to meet us.  This will help our lawyers ready our submission to parliament.  We want her to be removed."  The union last year lodged a complaint with state security minister Ayanda Dlodlo after it said its members were "victimised and mysteriously investigated" by members of the State Security Agency.  The union’s submission will add to the complaints from senior officials already lodged with speaker Thandi Modise.  The allegations against Mkhwebane are likely to be thrashed out before a parliamentary inquiry into her fitness to hold office.

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