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South Africa: Police Open Inquest into Death of MP Tina Joemat-Pettersson – South African News Briefs – June 21, 2023


Police Open Inquest into Death of MP Tina Joemat-Pettersson

The police have confirmed that they have opened an inquest docket into African National Congress MP Tina Joemat-Pettersson’s death, reports News24. The cause of Joemat-Pettersson’s death is still to be declared in a final report from the Department of Health, which will only be communicated to her family and not released to the public. Under the provisions of the Inquest Act, police are legally obliged to investigate any death that they suspect is the result of anything other than natural causes. Prior to her death, Joemat-Pettersson was involved in the impeachment saga of suspended Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, where allegations of bribery were made against her, Section 194 committee chairperson Qubudile Dyantyi, and ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina. In a recent media briefing, Mkhwebane blamed the government, Parliament, and the judiciary for Joemat-Pettersson’s death, but admitted she didn’t know the cause of death.

Power Utility’s Legal Head Questions Immediate Firing of De Ruyter

Mel Govender, the executive responsible for legal affairs and compliance at Eskom, the power utility company, expressed doubts about the fairness of former CEO André de Ruyter’s termination following his controversial interview with eNCA in February 2023, reports TimesLive. Govender raised concerns about the reasons for De Ruyter’s dismissal, specifically the claim that he had brought disrepute to Eskom, as she believed that nothing in the interview had tarnished the company’s reputation. Govender informed the parliamentary standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) that the issues raised by De Ruyter in the interview were already known to Eskom. She further said that she was not consulted for legal advice before De Ruyter’s immediate dismissal. Govender expressed her belief that Eskom and parliament should not be targeting De Ruyter, but rather focusing on recovering losses and improving governance controls. Govender said that her own departure from Eskom was influenced by the handling of De Ruyter’s exit.