Actions taken by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation against South Africa’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Mr Obed Mlaba, after he failed State Security vetting in August 2016

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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION NO. 307 (NW326E)

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO. 4-2017 OF 24 FEBRUARY 2017

Mr S Mokgalapa (DA) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:

1. What actions did her Department take against South Africa’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Mr Obed Mlaba, after he failed state security vetting in August 2016;

2. Did her Department order any investigation into the allegations that the specified person abused his office to secure business deals for personal gain; if not, why not; if so what were the outcomes of such investigation? NW326E

REPLY:

1. In compliance with legal prescripts, the Department has requested the High Commissioner to make a representation on why he should not be recalled. He had appealed against the non-issue of his security clearance and the appeal is still pending.

2. Yes, an internal investigation into the allegations levelled against High Commissioner has been initiated and is ongoing.

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