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‘Suspension of Water & Sanitation DG does not bode well for service delivery’

On Sunday Water and Sanitation Department announced it had given Mashitisho notice to provide reasons why he should not be suspended.

Dan Mashitisho was appointed Director General of the Department of Water and Sanitation six months ago. Picture:dwa.gov.za

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's Water and Sanitation Committee says it's alarmed by the imminent suspension of the department's Director General, Dan Mashitisho.

Mashitisho's suspension will bring to five the number of senior managers suspended in the department.

The department has been in hot water with Parliament recently over its inability to pay its contractors R1. 5 billion in outstanding debt.

Chairperson of the committee Lulu Johnson says Mashitisho's suspension doesn't bode well for service delivery.

On Sunday, the Water and Sanitation Department announced it had given Mashitisho notice to provide reasons why he should not be suspended.

Mashitisho was only appointed six months ago.

While not revealing what led to the decision to suspend him, the department said in a statement Minister Nomvula Mokonyane viewed the transgression as "serious."

Chairperson of Parliament's Portfolio Committee Lulu Johnson says Mashitisho's suspension could further hamper sorting out the department's woes.

“You are supposed to be having a department that drives services. Whether or not that will be happening to a point where it is expected, it raises a big question mark.”

He adds that the committee will be requesting reasons for Mashitisho's suspension when Parliament returns from recess.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)

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