Two Limpopo HODs suspended

The new Limpopo premier has suspended Nnana Manamela and Morebudi Thamaga.

FILE: Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha addresses community members of Makurung in GaMphahlele on the significance of celebrating the lives and times of struggle icon Mr Nelson Mandela. Picture:

JOHANNESBURG - Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha has suspended two heads of department following investigations into misconduct.

The Head of Department for Education Morebudi Thamaga along with his colleague in the Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs Nnana Manamela have been suspended with immediate effect pending their investigation.

Spokesperson Kenny Mathivha said the specific charges against Thamaga and Manamela could not be named as they still had to face a hearing.

"[We cannot] name those charges so that we don't prejudge the several allegations that happened within the two departments."

The move comes as the new premier attempts to clean up the province which has been marred by maladministration and corruption.

A national government team took over the reins of a number of the province's departments in 2011 when it emerged the province was R1.7 billion in the red.

Allegations of corruption and the aftermath of the textbook crisis have continued to haunt Limpopo.

Last month, Mathabatha reshuffled his executive council just one day after he was sworn in.

He replaced the MECs for the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Education, the Health and Social Development Department and the Safety, Security and Liaison Department.

Mathabatha succeeded Cassel Mathale, who resigned after being recalled by the ANC.

Mathabatha is South Africa's former ambassador to Ukraine and was well received as the new premier, with many relieved to see Mathale go.

The ANC said they hoped Mathabatha would restore the province's integrity, but stopped short of criticising the previous premier's rule.