DG is in hot wa­ter over claims of mis­con­duct

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The dis­ci­plinary hear­ing for the direc­tor gen­eral of the depart­ment of wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion, Dan Mashitisho, is due to con­tinue in a few days.

It is un­der­stood that Mashitisho has to an­swer to numerous charges — in­clud­ing dere­lic­tion of duty and in­sub­or­di­na­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Min­is­ter Nomvula Mokonyane, the dis­ci­plinary process has al­ready started, but the first sit­ting was can­celled be­cause Mashitisho was sick.

“I want it sorted out timeously be­cause it is dif­fi­cult to run a depart­ment with­out a direc­tor gen­eral. I was very dis­ap­pointed in the direc­tor gen­eral and how he wanted to sim­ply col­lapse the depart­ment.”

She added that Mashitisho had failed to fol­low in­struc­tions, ab­sconded from meet­ings and had made no at­tempts to in­sti­tute dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings against a num­ber of se­nior of­fi­cials he had put on sus­pen­sion.

But ac­cord­ing to the City

Press, Mashitisho’s sus­pen­sion was be­cause of his fail­ure to sign off on a con­tract to ap­point law firm Werks­mans At­tor­neys — with­out a ten­der process — to con­duct a foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tion into numerous deals, in­clud­ing the Giyani project, which al­legedly es­ca­lated from R500-mil­lion to about R5-bil­lion.

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