Amendments to Public Protector Rules on investigations have been published.
Parliament published the amended Rules in Government Gazette 43758.
The amended Rules were drawn up in terms of the Public Protector Act.
The heading of Chapter 7 of the Rules in the index and the body of the Rules is amended by the replacement of “timelines” with “timeframes”.
Rule 3(2) is amended by reference in paragraph (b) to the “timeframe specified in the Public Protector Service Standards but not later than 14 days after receipt”.
An amendment to Rule 7(3) stipulates that the Public Protector shall exercise reasonable care and judgement in the disclosure of information about the identity or personal circumstances of the complainant.
An amendment to Rule 11 stipulates that if the “Public Protector is of the view that the complainant has not yet exhausted the internal remedies or channels of complaint with the state institution concerned which he/she could be reasonably expected to use prior to lodging a complaint with the Public Protector”.
A new Rule 20(2) stipulates that the Public Protector shall decide how the complaint will be dealt with and inform the complainant within the timeframes specified in the Public Protector Service Standards but not later than 21 days after receipt of the complaint.
In Gazette 43770, the justice and constitutional development department published an order of the Special Tribunal in the matter between the Special Investigating Unit and various respondents on the supply and delivery of COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment.
The order, granted in August 2020, froze the accounts of 40 entities linked to a PPE tender from the Gauteng health department.
The respondents had until 6 October 2020 to show cause why the order should not be made final.