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COM­MU­NI­CA­TIONS DEPART­MENT DI­REC­TOR-GEN­ERAL MAMOD­UPI MOHLALA

AF­TER DAR­ING TO ques­tion her boss – Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Siphiwe Nyanda – in pub­lic and then be­ing un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously sacked by him, Mohlala is pre­par­ing for a fight in court. It could be a fight that could hang some se­ri­ously dirty laun­dry out for pub­lic view­ing. Court pa­pers Mohlala is pre­par­ing to lodge are ex­pected to give de­tails about why Nyanda felt he had no choice but to fire his DG. Those de­tails al­legedly cen­tre on ten­ders which, of course, beg some de­li­cious ques­tions about Govern­ment pro­cesses, ethics and po­lit­i­cal power plays that are bound to make news­pa­pers head­lines for a while. But the ques­tion is: What’s Nyanda go­ing to do in the very likely event he has to re­in­state Mohlala? As the courts con­firmed in the con­tro­ver­sial Billy Masethla case, DGs are ap­pointed by Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma and must, there­fore, also be fired by him.

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