Its no longer a secret that the new Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has so much dislikes for her predecessor, Thuli Madonsela, to the extent that she threatened to withdraw South Africa’s hosting of an African ombuds’ conference if the former public protector was invited.
Some time last month, the new PP told the secretariat of the African Ombudsman and Mediators’ Association (Aoma) that the country – along with the African Ombudsman Research Centre, based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal – would not host the organisation’s conference if it invited her predecessor Thuli Madonsela.
Mkhwebane’s threat to withdraw the country from hosting the conference is contained in a heated string of emails from the office of the outgoing chief of staff, Bonginkosi Dhlamini, whom she had fired last week on the account that the post did not “match” his expertise
While speaking to City Press, he said that when he arrived at the office, he found the PP security guys waiting for him;
“When I arrived there, I found Mkhwebane’s security guys waiting for me. When I finished [meeting] with human resources, they escorted me to my car. I gave them the access card and that was it; I left.”
An email, which Dhlamini sent to Mkhwebane the Monday before he was kicked out of the office, reads:
“I will also ask Parliament whether it gave you a mandate to tell Aoma that you will not host the fifth anniversary and conference if [Aoma] invited your predecessor to receive an award that she deserved.
“I will ask [the department of international relations and cooperation] what does this do to the good name of our country in a continent that we are trying to positively influence?”