Lim­popo spokesper­son sus­pended

Premier’s of­fice charges spin doc­tor with mis­con­duct

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By Meta Mphahlele and Ng­wako Malatji

The of­fice of the premier of Lim­popo has sus­pended its provin­cial gov­ern­ment spokesper­son Phuti Seloba.

Seloba was placed on pre­cau­tion­ary sus­pen­sion by direc­torgen­eral Nape Nch­a­be­leng for mis­con­duct on Tues­day.

This af­ter he wrote a let­ter to Nch­a­be­leng re­quest­ing him to fur­nish him with the na­ture of al­le­ga­tions that have been lev­elled against him.

The let­ter, seen by Sun­day World, reads in part: “In your let­ter, you prefer­ably state that ‘it has come to my at­ten­tion that cer­tain al­le­ga­tions of mis­con­duct has been lev­elled against you among oth­ers, mak­ing ad­verse al­le­ga­tions against the premier on his per­son and other mem­bers of the ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil’.

“In the man­ner that you prefer­ably re­gard the al­le­ga­tions as ‘par­tic­u­larly se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions’, you were sup­posed to dis­close these acts of mis­con­duct to en­able me to ... make my rep­re­sen­ta­tions.”

Seloba was re­spond­ing to a let­ter by Nch­a­be­leng dated Oc­to­ber 31, in which he asked Seloba to ex­plain why he should not be sus­pended for mis­con­duct.

The mis­con­duct charges em­anate from Face­book posts by EFF Lim­popo leader Jossey Buthane on Face­book.

Buthane al­leges in the posts that Seloba told him that Lim­popo premier Stan­ley Matha­batha had forced an in­ter­na­tional trip so that he could be with Lim­popo health MEC Phophi Ra­math­uba.

Mathiva said pre­vi­ously they were aware of al­le­ga­tions but did not com­ment on their merit.

Spokesper­son for the premier Kenny Mathivha said Seloba still had to make his rep­re­sen­ta­tions.

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