International relations and co-operation director-fashioned Kgabo Mohoai has been placed on precautionary suspension after the division spent R118m of taxpayers’ money on a share of land in Unique York that did now not exist.
TimesLIVE has considered a letter dated February 12 despatched by minister Naledi Pandor to workers confirming Mohoai’s suspension.
Pandor’s spokesperson Lunga Ngqengelele confirmed the authenticity of the letter, which learn: “Please be instant that the director-fashioned Mr KE Mohoai has been placed on a precautionary suspension with conclude from February 11 2021.
“Here’s a precautionary measure that would now not constitute a judgment,” wrote Pandor.
Ambassador Nonceba Losi might be acting within the position “until extra leer”, acknowledged Pandor.
A December 2019 fact-finding mission by the parliamentary portfolio committee on international relations and co-operation discovered that a share of land intended to home diplomats that had been paid for did now not exist.
In a document dated March 2020, the MPs who sit on the portfolio committee acknowledged they embarked on the mission to Unique York after realising that the R118m spent on the percentage of land develop into once possibly fruitless and wasteful expenditure.
The MPs that formed segment of the delegation to Unique York integrated Tandi Mahambehlala of the ANC who is additionally the chairperson, Terrence Mpanza (ANC), Xola Nqola (ANC), Mergan Chetty (DA) and Thembi Msane (EFF).
The delegation discovered no vacant share of land and only an conventional old building where the land develop into once alleged to be no topic the R118m already being paid.
“The volume of R118m develop into once noted to had been paid on the premise of a misrepresentation to the division that the particular estate agent has offered land to in finding a honest and sustainable situation of job building,” the document learn.
“The provision chain management challenges linked to the Unique York pilot undertaking are a source of diplomatic embarrassment and posed both representational and reputational chance to the image of the country.”
The delegation acknowledged there develop into once likelihood of wrongdoing and urged an investigation by the division and that those fervent face consequences.
Ngqengelele confirmed that Mohoai develop into once suspended to permit for the investigation to settle situation.
“I confirm that the DG had been put on precautionary suspension to permit the job of investigation to settle situation. Because the minister acknowledged in her letter to workers, this doesn’t constitute judgment but is nice a precautionary measure,” acknowledged Ngqengelele.