Saturday, 22 September 2012

Another agriculture official suspended

Tina Joemat Pettersson, Minister of Agriculture,
Forestry and Fisheries. Photo: Leon Nicholas

Johannesburg - The department of agriculture's Chief Director of Communications Selby Bokaba has been suspended, it was reported on Saturday.

Beeld reported that the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries would not confirm the reason for his suspension on Friday.

It is believed, however that Bokaba was suspended for speaking to the media “without permission”.

An investigation was underway.

Bokaba's suspension was the latest in a string at the department, according to the report. Director-General Langa Zita was suspended in June.

Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersen at the time said Zita's suspension was over an “administrative issue”.

Shortly after Zita's suspension, Mono Mashaba head of operational support for the DG's office resigned, apparently for personal reasons.

In May senior department of fisheries official Sue Middelton was suspended, but returned to her post two months later when the suspension was lifted. She was found guilty of financial misconduct, receiving a final warning

It was unclear when a new DG would be appointed.

Bokaba previously worked as a spokesman for the SAPS and former police commissioner Jackie Selebi. - Sapa
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