Prince Makhwathana, a former manager of the Covert Support Unit, sat at home collecting a salary of R6 million while the State Security Agency decided on possible disciplinary action against him, according to a report in the Sunday Times.
The agency reportedly ignored internal legal advice that Makhwathana had no case to answer – having been suspended in July 2010 for alleged misconduct, without being handed with a charge sheet.
The agency then defied a court order that Makhwathana be reinstated, despite admitting that it was in contravention of the law by for not instituting disciplinary proceedings within an 18 month period, as was prescribed.
Papers he filed with the High Court in Pretoria detail how several attempts to get clarity on his alleged misconduct and for a formal charge sheet to be presented were unsuccessful.
Makhwathana made several attempts, via the courts, to return to work. He was finally charged in January 2015 with more than 100 violations, including alleged illegal bugging and the promotion of several agency employees to salary levels that he was not authorised to approve.
The SSA attributed the delay in its investigation and disciplinary proceedings to the death of Nelson Mandela, the Africa Cup of Nations in 2014 and Christmas, the Sunday Times said.
However, letters to agency director-general, Sonto Kudjoe, by the company’s legal services manager, Mike Kgoroeadira, suggest that he believed Makhwathana had no case to answer.
Makhwathana was finally reinstated earlier this year after Minister of State Security David Mahlobo intervened and lifted his suspension. All charges against him were dropped.
The full article can be found in the 12 June, 2016 edition of the Sunday Times.
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