Pretoria - The Mpumalanga premier's office and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan have been slammed by Public Protector Busi Mkhwebane for their involvement in irregular payments made to a service provider and a senior public servant respectively.
Mkhwebane on Friday released over a dozen reports on various complaints on maladministration in her office in Tshwane.
The public protector ordered President Cyril Ramaphosa to take action against Gordhan for approving the early retirement of former SA Revenue Service (SARS) acting commissioner Ivan Pillay’s early retirement and its payment of a penalty of over R1.1 million which was levied against his pension benefits.
Mkhwebane found that Pillay was not entitled to early retirement with full pension benefits and that there was no need to seek Gordhan’s approval, which amounted to improper conduct.
According to Mkhwebane, the Mpumalanga premier's office, under Deputy President David Mabuza, irregularly spent over R70m on the memorial service of former president Nelson Mandela in December 2013.