Deadline for organs of state not extended

The Business Day of 25 March 2011 published an article under the headline “Protector’s report extension for state” in which it is implied that the Public Protector has extended the deadline for Organs of State to respond to her report titled “Against the Rules”

The Public Protector would like to clarify that the deadline for Cabinet was different to the departments against which adverse findings were made. The deadline for the Cabinet Secretary was 10 days from the date of the Cabinet’s meeting at which the report would have been discussed. An extension for Cabinet has been agreed to until the investigation on the lease of office accommodation in Durban is finalised.

The deadline for and other Departments was within 30 days of date of the report which fell on 24 March 2011.

The South African Police Service has submitted a response relating to the implementation of the remedial action. The Department of Public Works has asked for an extension until 04 April 2011. The Public Protector has granted an extension and expects a response on the agreed date.

Public Protector will engage the National Treasury to obtain a progress report on the implementation of the remedial action as contained in the report.

For full report, go to the home page and click ‘documentation’ on the menu and select ‘investigation report’. The report will be the first on the list.

Issued by:

Kgalalelo Masibi
Senior Manager: Outreach, Education and Communications
Public Protector South Africa
Tel: (012) 366 7069
Fax: 0866 261 143
Cell: 079 507 0399

Published Date: 
Friday, March 25, 2011