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Durban - KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has been dragged into the controversial issue of graft accused Nokuthula Khanyile, the head of department in the province’s Department of Social Development after notifying his Cabinet that he intends to extend her contract by three months.
Khanyile is under investigation by the Hawks after disgruntled staff wrote a letter to the unit, outlining alleged corruption by her and under her watch in the department.
On Thursday, non-profit organisations who are allegedly not happy with Khanyile's way of handling their proposals and fundings staged a picket at the Pietermaritzburg headquarters of the department, demanding that she leaves immediately. They disrupted work in the office complex.
Departmental spokesperson, Mhlaba Memela, refuted an earlier report by IOL that the picketers were their employees, saying their employees were forcefully and illegally removed in their offices by a group of individuals who stormed the government building.