Sec­ond pub­lic pro­tec­tor CEO takes early exit

Business Day - - BUSINESS & ECONOMY - Sipho Mabena

Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor Bu­sisiwe Mkhwe­bane’s new CEO has called it quits less than a year af­ter tak­ing the reins at the Chap­ter 9 in­sti­tu­tion.

Her of­fice con­firmed on Tues­day that Themba Dlamini‚ who filled the va­cancy left by ad­vo­cate Louisa Zondo in March‚ has re­signed.

Cleopa­tra Mosana‚ Mkhwe­bane’s spokes­woman‚ said Dlamini — who has a ca­reer span­ning three decades in the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors — cited per­sonal rea­sons for not be­ing able to re­main for his fixed five-year term.


“Yes‚ I can con­firm [that Dlamini has re­signed] and he [cited] per­sonal rea­sons‚” Mosana said.

“The pub­lic pro­tec­tor has ac­cepted the res­ig­na­tion. His last day will be De­cem­ber 6,” the spokes­woman said.

In a state­ment re­leased when Dlamini was ap­pointed, Mkhwe­bane said that the new CEO would bring a wealth of knowl­edge with him and he would help “im­prove in­sti­tu­tional per­for­mance, get­ting more out of [the] lit­tle re­sources we have at our dis­posal”.

The pub­lic pro­tec­tor said Dlamini had held CEO po­si­tions at the In­de­pen­dent Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Au­thor­ity of SA and the Na­tional Gam­bling Board.

He also served as the deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral re­spon­si­ble for cor­po­rate ser­vices and gover­nance within the Depart­ment of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy and was a special ad­viser to the min­is­ter of labour at the time.

Pre­vi­ous CEO Zondo also cited per­sonal rea­sons for her res­ig­na­tion in Novem­ber 2016, less than three weeks into Mkhwe­bane’s seven-year term.

There was spec­u­la­tion that Zondo’s de­par­ture was due to a lack of faith in Mkhwe­bane.

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