Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has given her director-general, Dan Mashitisho, a notice of intention to suspend him. Mashitisho should provide Mokonyane with reasons he should not be suspended on transgressions considered serious by the minister. Ministerial spokesperson Mlimandlela Ndamase did not give reasons for Mokonyane’s wanting to suspend Mashitisho. Ndamase said adherence to the principles of confidentiality was critical so as not to tarnish Mashitisho’s integrity. However‚ City Press reported on Sunday that Mokonyane cited‚ as reasons for her intention to suspend Mashitisho‚ his failure to finalise the terms of reference regarding investigations into various tenders in the department. The newspaper said the real reason‚ according to two senior executives within the department‚ was Mashitisho’s refusal to sign a letter authorising a law firm to start work at the department. The newspaper said Mokonyane wanted the law firm to be handpicked without following t...

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