Pettersson's appointment probed

The PSC confirmed it is investigating deputy GD Greta Apelgren-Narkedien’s appointment.

FILE: Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Tina Joemat -Pettersson (centre). Picture: Katlholo Maifadi

CAPE TOWN - The Public Service Commission (PSC) on Friday confirmed it is investigating the appointment of deputy director general Greta Apelgren-Narkedien by Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.

It follows a complaint lodged by the Democratic Alliance (DA).

During a television interview earlier this year, Apelgren-Narkedien admitted no formal procedures were followed during her appointment.

The DA says even though she has vacated the position, the procedures around her appointment have to be investigated.

DA Member of Parliament (MP) Pieter van Dalen says, "Due process needs to be followed when these people are appointed."

Joemat-Pettersson is also accused of misusing state funds during a trip to Sweden in 2010.

The money was spent on return flights for her two children and their au pair.

The Public Protector ordered Joemat-Pettersson to pay back R151,878.