Bob Mhlanga, the special advisor to the State Security Minister, says there is more to his recent suspension than meets the eye.
As reported by EWN, Mhlanga has been very critical of the minister’s decision to place him in suspension on the last day she served as in the portfolio on Friday.
Why was Bob Mhlanga suspended?
Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba served her last day as the State Security Minister on Friday. She was obliged to step down on the eve of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s inauguration.
The ministerial post remains vacant until the president announcing his much-anticipated Cabinet. However, before clearing up her office, Letsatsi-Duba tied up a few loose ends and suspended Mhlanga.
It is believed that the suspended advisor is the last bit of former president Jacob Zuma’s allies. After all, he and another colleague — Gibson Njenje — who, coincidentally, was also suspended by the minister three weeks ago, were part of the team of officials that were brought back to the agency by Zuma who, at the time, came in as Thabo Mbeki’s successor.
The reason for this suspension is founded on the allegation that Mhlanga has, for several years, been getting paid salaries from the agency as well as the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) — where he previously served.
“It’s an orchestrated attack” – Mhlanga
However, in Mlhanga’s view, this was agreed upon in his transfer from Dirco to the agency. He explained that the payment from Dirco was a top-up to the reduced income he had accepted at the State Security Agency.
Mhlanga lambasted the minister for mistreating him at a time where he was called to provide stability at the agency. He is rooted in the belief that this was an orchestrated move by Letsatsi-Duba.
The ministry of state security has since refused to be drawn into the debacle, stating that the matter would be addressed once the president has elected a minister for the portfolio.