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INCESSANT SICK NOTES CAUSED SHONGWE’S DISMISSAL - PM

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MBABANE – Incessant sick notes, not consulting with Cabinet and the neglect of official duties contributed to the dismissal of Sibusiso Shongwe as minister.


This was what Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini made Members of Parliament (MPs) to understand during the delivery of his ministerial statement in Parliament yesterday.


He said Shongwe effectively divorced himself from his responsibilities and chose to remain isolated from the shared collective responsibility of Cabinet, as defined by the Constitution. “Supported generally by sick notes of short period validity, he was predominantly absent from formal Cabinet meetings.


“On a number of those occasions, he was reported to have been at the office of the chief justice or the offices of his own private practice,” said Dlamini.


The PM continued: “The former minister chose to launch an important initiative without consulting Cabinet, as well as neglecting some of his own official duties against a background of unsatisfactory inter-personal relations within his own ministry officers.”


Dlamini said the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs had, for some time, been in disarray, ‘not least because the former minister chose to distance himself from the controlling officer in the ministry for reasons that were not properly explained and not self-evident’.


“There has been some concern, in recent times, about the degree of integrity in the workings of the Judiciary and the suspected existence of a number of what we might call bad potatoes.

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