Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, found that Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), irregularly appointed Theresa Botha as deputy director to a position that never existed.
Botha earned a salary of R657 558 per annum, iPID used just over R34 000 to advertise the post and Botha used more than R100 000 for travelling and accommodation.Mkhwebane said this amounted to fruitless and wasteful expenditure and put the blame on Robert McBride, who at the time was Head of IPID.
She said this means that McBride - as accounting officer - violated Section 38 of the Public Finance Management Act. The Public Protector added that a whistleblower that lodged the complaint to her office was unfairly suspended. Botha was appointed in August 2017.
Mkhwebane released several reports of her investigations in Tshwane on Wednesday, most of them into irregular appointments in the public sector.
The Public Protector said she was aware that McBride planned to take her report on Judicial review and said she welcomed that.
“I have noted that the former executive director Mr Robert McBride has made a public statement to the effect that he will be talking the matter on a judicial review. He also didn’t miss the opportunity to use the tired defense mechanisms of those who don’t want to be held to account, calling the findings part of the so-called fight back campaign,” Mkhwebane said.
“For the record anyone party that is aggrieved by my decision is entitled to challenge them in court and on receipt of court papers, we will study the application and establish whether we can defend the matter successfully and whether that has an effect on the mandate of the Public Protector,” she added.