Basani Baloyi, the former chief operating officer (COO) of Public Protector South Africa, will go to court to challenge her dismissal.
Baloyi who was dismissed last month has told the Mail & Guardian that Busisiwe Mkhwebane lied and acted unconstitutionally for her own personal ends in several crucial and politically sensitive investigations including the CR17 Bosasa investigation.
Bongani Bingwa talks to M&G editor-in-chief Khadija Patel.
Patel says this development is significant because Baloyi was a former insider in the office.
In court papers, she is making very serious allegations against the Public Protector and it is significant that Mkhwebane says Baloyi is someone who has an axe to grind and didn't perform while she was in service that is why her contract wasn't renewed.— Khadija Patel, Editor-in-chief - Mail & Guardian
Patel says Baloyi claims she was unfairly removed from her post.
In these court papers, she says there are significant issues with the handling of prominent cases in the Public Protectors office and among them, she mentions the CR17 Bosasa investigation.— Khadija Patel, Editor-in-chief - Mail & Guardian
The cases Baloyi is mentioning are high profile cases that are currently being challenged in court, Patel explains.
Baloyi's claims are important because there has been so much rumour following the Public Protector's office in recent months, but this is the first time that we have someone putting these allegations on paper.— Khadija Patel, Editor-in-chief - Mail & Guardian
In the court papers, Baloyi mentions a WhatsApp message she received from the Public Protector refers to the fact that she is playing a chess game. Baloyi says this is proof that Mkhwebane is playing a game and there is perhaps politics at play.— Khadija Patel, Editor-in-chief - Mail & Guardian
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