One of the key investigators into the Nkandla report has handed in her resignation, adding to the slew of staff who have left or been forced out under Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
Advocate Nkebe Kanyane, who was the public protector’s chief investigator in its good governance and integrity unit has stepped down.
When Mkhwebane was questioned about Kanyane’s departure she said:
“We have a good quality and skilled employees, any organization would like to employ them. She voluntarily resigned and she’s been offered a better offer somewhere else.”
It has been revealed in a series of stories how senior staff associated with Madonsela were being forced out of the office.
In late December Mkhwebane, who took office in October 2016, sent Madonsela’s chief of staff, Bonginkosi Dhlamini, packing. He was marched out of the building over claims he was a threat to her security. Dhlamini said the new public protector sent her bouncers to usher him out. Dhlamini was sidelined from his senior position when Mkhwebane took over and was temporarily moved to the office of the CEO as the senior manager: strategy support. His employment was then terminated in December and Mkhwebane offered to settle the remainder of the months on his contract.
She fired a former special adviser, Janine Hicks, who in turn took her to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). Mkhwebane lost the case and was ordered to pay Hicks for the duration of her contract for unfairly dismissing her. Hicks worked on contract in the private office of then public protector Thuli Madonsela until Mkhwebane took over.
Mkhwebane also cancelled a staffer’s trip leaving her stranded, in Durban after ordering the cancellation of her accommodation and return flight. Former journalist Belinda Moses, a member of the public protector’s office’s communications team, had accommodation booked for a week so she could work at the Aoma general assembly in Durban, but it is understood that Mkhwebane was not happy with her presence.