The head of the Parliamentary Budget Office professor Mohammed Jahed has resigned as from end-September for personal reasons after six years at the helm of the office that was set up to assist parliamentary committees with financial matters. Jahed was responsible for setting up the office and said in an interview on Monday that the main reason for his departure was to return to Johannesburg to be with his family. He also believed it was time for someone else to take the budget office to the next level. He insisted that his alleged departure had absolutely nothing to do with an inquiry that was apparently prompted by a complaint by a member of the office’s staff. He said he knew nothing about the inquiry and that there had been no formal disciplinary inquiry. Parliamentary spokesperson Moloto Mothapo has confirmed that Jahed’s resignation was based on family/personal considerations and “has nothing to do with any alleged investigation. The allegations made by a former staff members w...

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