Godi concerned about spate of suspensions of top officials

Mike Mlengana the Director General (DG) of Agriculture was suspended last week, while the DG of Water and Sanitation Dan Mashitisho is facing the same fate.

FILE: Former Scopa chairperson Themba Godi. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Chairperson of Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) Themba Godi says it’s worrying that disputes over tenders and strained relations with ministers are at the heart of the recent spate of suspensions of top departmental officials.

Mike Mlengana the Director General (DG) of Agriculture was suspended last week, while the DG of Water and Sanitation Dan Mashitisho, is facing the same fate.

On Monday, the Chief Executive of the Social Security Agency Thokozani Magwaza was apparently also forced out of his job because of tensions with Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

Mlengana believes he was suspended because he refused to bow to political pressure to sign a major contract without a proper process being followed.

While no official reasons are being provided for the imminent suspension of Mashitisho, it’s believed that tensions with Minister Nomvula Mokonyane sparked the decision.

His suspension would bring to five the number of senior managers suspended in the Water Department.

Godi says: "It casts government in a very bad light, and this thing about fighting corruption and working for good governance just falls flat when you look at these recent, very worrying developments."

Scopa would be calling the affected departments to account for the latest debacles.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)