‘Resigned’, but DG at work

2010-07-20 00:00

“THE fact that Thozi Gwanya, the director-general of Rural Development and Land Reform, is still working for the department does not mean he has not resigned,” says the Democratic Alliance.

The Democratic Alliance, which released the information to the media that Gwanya has resigned, was responding after conflicting reports were released yesterday.

The department denied that the director-general has resigned.

Eddie Mohoebi, the department’s spokesperson, said the reports were incorrect and Sapa yesterday morning reported that according to Mohoebi, Gwanya was at work.

Graig Kesson, a senior media officer for the DA, said the party had confirmed with several high-ranking sources that Gwanya had tendered his resignation last month.

“We confirmed with a senior bureaucrat in the department of Rural Development and Land Affairs, a senior policy maker in the department and a senior ANC official.

“Just because he is still at work does not mean he has not resigned,”said Kesson.

In a statement released by the Democratic Alliance last week, the party alleged that Gwanya had resigned amid allegations of maladministration. It blamed him for some of the blunders by the department, including a call to nationalise farms.

The party said it understands that Gwanya’s resignation is due to findings by the Auditor-General.

“If this is indeed the case and a senior official has been compelled to resign on the basis of its findings, then there can be little doubt that the information contained therein is a matter that needs to be brought to the public’s attention,” said the party.

The recent developments come barely a month after the minister, Gugile Nkwithi, said the department owes R3,4 billion in payment in post-settlement grants.

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