President Cyril Ramaphosa places Dr Dovhani Mamphiswana, the director-general of the Public Service Commission on precautionary suspension for allegedly hiring his ‘side chick’ (mistress/baby mama).
It was reported in July that Mamphiswana orchestrated the hiring of his mistress and recommendations were made that that he and the mistress should be charged with fraud and corruption.
The report was compiled by Advocate Smanga Sethene on the instruction of the State attorney in Pretoria. Also, friends of the mistress alleged one of the baby showers was held within PSC offices, according to investigations.
Acting spokesperson for the Presidency, Tyrone Seale, said the President had informed Mamphiswana of his suspension last Thursday.
Sethene disclosed thus:“The president informed the director-general on Thursday, August 6, that the suspension, with full pay, takes effect immediately. The president’s suspension of the director-general does not in any way constitute a judgment on the part of the president”.
Allegations and investigations into the matter began in January this year the media reported that Mamphiswana allegedly chaired a panel which recommended the appointment of the mother of his child as a chief director for professional ethics.
Seale said Mamphiswana was on a precautionary suspension in terms of the Disciplinary Code and Procedures for Members of the Senior Management Services (SMS) contained in Chapter 7 of the SMS Handbook for the public service.
Seale said a report on the investigation was presented to the president in his capacity as the executive authority designated by law to deal with career incidents, including disciplinary matters, pertaining to Directors-General.
There are also debates on social media if it was appropriate to tag the woman in question as ‘side-chick’, mistress, baby mama or girl friend.
Some claim she is either a wife or a side chick while other says she may be a wife or girl friend/baba mama, not necessarily mistress/side chick.