The DPE has issued a statement formally addressing the allegations it is currently facing, following allegations that its Chief of Staff, Nthabiseng Borotho is not qualified for the position.
The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) took to Twitter on Saturday, 21 November 2020, to circulate a statement on its supposed attempts to quieten whistleblowers. This was a narrative prompted by Sam Mkokeli’s resignation from his position as the Media Advisor to DPE Minister, Pravin Gordhan.
It is suspected that Mkokeli resigned because his working relationship with Gordhan was tainted due to his stance on the DPE’s Chief of Staff, Nthabiseng Borotho. Mkokeli alleged that Borotho was hired as a result of nepotism, rather than her being qualified for the position. Mkokeli questioned her qualifications and went as far as claiming that she does not even have a National Senior Certificate (NSC).
The statement by the department has addressed the matter and made it clear that Mkokeli is not a whistleblower, but rather, a disgruntled former employee.
See the posts below.
"THE HUNTING DOWN OF WHISTLEBLOWERS" NARRATIVE IS FALSE AND MISLEADING pic.twitter.com/0Xbr8YjLns
— DPE_ZA (@DPE_ZA) November 22, 2020
Release the matric certificate and deny that Borotho hired her relatives. Period. Stop the forensic investigation.
— Sam Mkokeli (@msmkokeli) November 22, 2020