Four-day finance minister Des van Rooyen is seeking legal advice to take action against reports that he used staff from the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) to complete his academic assignments.
According to a report published by Business Day, a single, unnamed staff member from the PBO made a submission to the Public Protector’s office, under oath, that at least two other staff members disclosed to them that van Rooyen tasked them with completing his academic assignments.
This happened between 2014 and 2015, the submitted letter said. The document forms part of a CCMA complaint lodged by the staff member in question, alleging that they were overlooked for promotion because they refused to do van Rooyen’s academic work for him
According to van Rooyen, the accusation is baseless and are simply a means to discredit him. He is now seeking legal advice on how to move forward.