“He did not give us an opportunity to have an interview,” said Sibanyoni when asked about Mohalaba's exit interview.
She said because Mohalaba refused to give an interview, they did not know the reasons for his departure, and there was no law forcing him to do an exit interview.
Mkhwebane further emphasised that the position of the COO was important in her office and that they needed stability in the office.
In her fight with Mkhwebane after her sacking, Baloyi accused the public protector of bias and abuse of her office to manipulate investigations. She stated in papers before the Constitutional Court that there was serious rot at the core of the office.
“For as long as the public protector is not completely beyond reproach, her office cannot fulfil its function of holding the powerful to account. The remedial action she proposes lacks legitimacy and her reports are liable to be set aside on review,” said Baloyi.
She said complaints at the public protector's office were not properly considered and warned that competent and principled employees would leave to work elsewhere.
Baloyi said facts had shown that Mkhwebane was actively biased against President Cyril Ramaphosa, public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan and other executive officials.