Public Protector CEO resigns


File: An outside view of the Public Protectors office, Pretoria.

JOHANNESBURG - The public protector's office confirmed on Wednesday that its chief executive officer, Louisa Zondo, has handed in resignation.

It has been reported that Zondo cited “personal reasons” for her departure.

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Zondo is expected to serve a month's notice before she vacates office. 

In 2014 two senior officers resigned from the public protector's office in a matter of weeks.  Then chief financial officer Vumisani Dlamini and CEO Themba Mthethwa quit thier posts in August and September 2014 respectively.

Public Protector spokesperson Oupa Segalwe said at the time that Mthethwa had indicated that he had a better job offer and his extended employment contract was due to expire on 31 December that year. Dlamini also received a job offer elsewhere.

In 2012, Mthethwa was at the centre of allegations of maladministration and financial misconduct in the office of the public protector. These allegations were contained in an anonymous 12-page document, allegedly by a group of employees.

At the time, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela confirmed that she was investigating the allegations.

Segalwe said the resignations had nothing to do with the Deputy Minister of Military Veteran Kebby Maphatsoe’s claims that Madonsela was a CIA spy.