Mokonyane’s DG faces sus­pen­sion over ‘ten­der dis­agree­ments’

The Times (South Africa) - - NEWS - Ernest Mabuza

WA­TER and San­i­ta­tion Min­is­ter Nomvula Mokonyane has given her di­rec­tor-gen­eral, Dan Mashitisho, no­tice of her in­ten­tion to sus­pend him from duty.

She said Mashitisho should ex­plain why he should not be sus­pended.

Her spokesman, Mli­man­dlela Ndamase, would not give rea­sons for the pro­posed sus­pen­sion on the grounds of pro­tect­ing Mashitisho’s in­tegrity.

City Press re­ported on Sun­day that Mokonyane had cited his al­leged fail­ure to fi­nalise the terms of ref­er­ence of in­ves­ti­ga­tions into de­part­men­tal ten­ders.

The news­pa­per said that, ac­cord­ing to two se­nior ex­ec­u­tives‚ Mashitisho had re­fused to sign an au­tho­ri­sa­tion for a law firm to in­ves­ti­gate a num­ber of con­tracts awarded by the de­part­ment. It claimed Mokonyane wanted a law firm to be ap­pointed without stan­dard pro­cure­ment pro­ce­dures be­ing fol­lowed.

The chair­man of par­lia­ment’s stand­ing com­mit­tee on pub­lic ac­counts, Themba Godi, said the in­ten­tion to sus­pend Mashitisho pointed to a con­flict of in­ter­est be­tween him and his min­is­ter.

He said there was a cam­paign against direc­tors-gen­eral.

SA So­cial Se­cu­rity Agency CEO Thokozani Mag­waza has since re­signed from his po­si­tion —

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