Public protector Thuli Madonsela released a report in December identifying maladministration and found the minister‘s conduct in awarding the tender to be improper and unethical. Joemat-Pettersson was also found to have interfered in Madonsela’s investigation, which is an offence.
DA spokesperson for agriculture Pieter van Dalen has laid formal criminal charges against Joemat-Petterson for interfering in the investigation.
“This is the second time Minister Joemat-Pettersson has been implicated of an offence by the Public Protector and cannot be allowed to escape the consequences of her actions,” said Van Dalen.
“It’s now abundantly clear that Minister Joemat-Pettersson isn’t fit for public office. The only person who can remove her from her position in Cabinet is President Zuma.”