Pretoria – Three nominees for the National Orders – Duma Ndlovu, Freek Robinson, and Mike Horne – have been withdrawn owing to objections about their suitability for the highest awards that South Africa, through the President, bestows on citizens and eminent foreign nationals.
The three were among the 35 nominated to receive respective Orders in a ceremony scheduled to take place on Friday, (28 April 2023), in Pretoria.
However, the outcry that followed has seen their names withdrawn from the list.
The Presidency on Sunday said following objections from various sectors of society and on the recommendation of the National Orders Advisory Council (NOAC), President Cyril Ramaphosa has accepted the withdrawal of three nominees.
“To uphold the integrity of National Orders, the NOAC will further adopt measures to strengthen the selection process,” said Vincent Magwenya, spokesperson to the President.
“These measures include a workshop which will be undertaken by Council members at the end of April 2023.
“Timelines of the selection process will also be reviewed.”