THERE are no reasons to protect the wife of former correctional services minister Ngconde Balfour from a prisons housing scandal, Parliament's correctional services committee heard yesterday.
Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said there was no "cover-up" or attempt to "protect" Tozama Mqobi-Balfour.
Mqobi-Balfour, a regional commissioner for Correctional Services in Gauteng, is accused of misusing public money to pay for a R30000-a-month house in the upmarket Woodhill golf estate in Pretoria East.
Mapisa-Nqakula said she had received a report on the housing scandal but no action could be taken "until due processes had been followed".
She said the report, which is with the Public Service and Administration Minister, was "not favourable" to Correctional Services National Commissioner Xoliswa Sibeko.
Sibeko is also alleged to have rented a house in the Woodhill estate for R35000 a month.
He has been placed on "cautionary suspension" with acting chief financial officer Nandi Mareka.
Both Mqobi-Balfour and Sibeko were renting homes while their official residences remained empty. They have since been ordered to vacate the rented houses.
Mqobi-Balfour was Balfour's legal adviser before she was promoted about a year before their wedding.
Committee chairperson Vincent Smith said: "We are very eager to get this matter finalised. We have a situation where the department continues to be leaderless. We want stability."
Mapisa-Nqakula said she hoped to have the matter finalised by month-end. - Sapa