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Parliament, Monday, 17 July 2017 – The Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation is alarmed by media reports of the suspension of the Director-General (DG) of the Department of Water and Sanitation, Mr Dan Mashitisho. The suspension of the DG is alarming in the context of other senior managers suspended at the department. 

“The suspension of the DG brings to five the number of senior management services members suspended at the department, which does not bode well for corporate governance at the department. The achievement of performance targets will also be at risk with so many drivers of the department’s strategy on suspension,” said Mr Mlungisi Johnson, the Chairperson of the Committee.

While the Committee does not want to pre-empt internal investigations by the department, it is nonetheless of the view that the current state of affairs at the department is undesirable. The Committee calls for urgent processing and finalisation of all disciplinary processes involving senior managers at the department to ensure that governance and strategic structures are revitalised.

The Committee will engage the department to ensure the speedy finalisation of all disciplinary cases.       

ISSUED BY PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON WATER AND SANITATION, MR MLUNGISI JOHNSON  

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