Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana has suspended his director general Mike Mlengana with immediate effect.
A statement from the ministry did not disclose specific reasons for the suspension and officials were not available for comment.
“The Minister of Agriculture‚ Forestry and Fisheries‚ Mr. Senzeni Zokwana has placed his Director General‚ Mr Mike Mlengana on suspension with immediate effect pending internal investigations‚” the ministry said in a statement.
“The suspension is a precautionary measure and does not in any way constitute a judgement.”
The statement said Mr M Ramasodi: Deputy Director General: Agricultural Production‚ Health and Food Safety‚ would stand in for Mlengana.