Public Protector NECSA investigation underway
Public Protector Adv. Thuli Madonsela has assured complainants in a matter involving the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation SOC Ltd (NECSA) that her investigation was underway and that the matter would be fully investigated.
She was speaking in Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria on Monday, where her office was kick-starting public hearings into allegations that NECSA employees suffered adverse medical conditions as a result of their employment at the corporation.
They also accuse NECSA of failing to provide them with medical treatment and compensation for diseases resulting from exposure to occupational hazards during their term of service at the nuclear plant.
The Public Protector told the complainants that while she was aware that their matter had been with the office for a while, the public hearings were a testimony that the investigation was underway. She also told the complainants that the majority of her office’s workload concerned issues affecting ordinary people.
The Public Protector called on other members of the public who were victims or knew anyone who had the same problem to approach the investigation team dealing with the matter.
Meanwhile the Public Protector will on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 release several investigation reports during a media briefing in Pretoria.
Among the reports to be released is a report on an own initiative investigation into allegation that members of the public and livestock were being mauled by wild animals escaping from Hluhluwe-Imfolozi game reserve in Okhukho, Ulundi and a report on an investigation into allegation of improper prejudice as a result of alleged improper conduct by officials of the Bojanala District Municipality.
The Public Protector will also give an update on other ongoing investigations