DG is in hot water over claims of misconduct
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.