South African DG of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mike Mlengana suspended

South Africa’s department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has suspended its director general, Mike Mlengana while an internal investigation is pending

According to a press release issued by the department, the suspension serves as a temporary measure and should not be seen as a ruling against Mlengana.

Mooketsa Ramasodi, deputy director-general, will stand in for Mlengana.

Before Mlengana was appointed last year, departmental veteran Mortimer Mannya, deputy director-general for agriculture production, was acting director-general.

This comes after prof Edith Vries’ contract expired in 2015. Vries was a front-runner in academic research, a specialist in management and served as the executive head in the CEO’s office at the Independent Development Trust (IDT).

She is the third permanent director-general since Tina Joemat-Pettersson became Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in 2009. Njabulo Nduli and Langa Zita served as the previous directors-general. During this period, the department had five acting directors-general.

More details on Mlengana’s suspension is yet to be announced.

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