Thursday , January 21 2021

DPE defends the qualifications of Chief of General Staff Borotho, explains the qualifications



The department said Nthabiseng Borotho provided valuable information to a department that was at the center of the political intervention.

FILE: Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Public Business. Image: EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), following questions about the legitimacy of his appointment, revealed what the chief of staff had to say about his qualifications.

The department said Nthabiseng Borotho provided valuable information to a department that was at the center of the political intervention.

Earlier this year, the Sunday Independent was stuck in a post-matric competence epic after Minister Pravin Gordhan announced that he had appointed him despite not meeting the minimum criteria.

The Department of Public Business seems to yield to pressure to elaborate how Borotho was appointed chief of staff.

In a statement, the episode summarized Borotho’s career trajectory from the moment he enrolled in 1997 until he was appointed by Gordhan two years before.

The department said he worked in a variety of government positions, highlighting him as a dedicated, competent public servant.

In response to Borotho’s allegations that he had recruited his half-sister and turned the ministry into a family recruiting agency, the department also acknowledged that his relative had been appointed as a receptionist at the Cape Town office.

However, when asked about Borotho’s appointment last year, it’s still unclear why the department took so long to clear the air.

The statement also said nothing about the allegations that Gordhan used the epic to launch attacks on voices rather than address concerns.

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