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Agri SA welcomes agriculture DG's suspension

2012-06-26 20:07

Johannesburg - Farmer union Agri SA on Tuesday welcomed the suspension of the director general of the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries.

The department announced earlier it had suspended Langa Zita.

"Cadre deployment not only holds unacceptable risks for service delivery at all government levels, but is also unfair to individuals such as Mr Zita who should not have been appointed in the post and who has now been suspended," said Agri SA spokesperson Johannes Möller.

The organisation's dissatisfaction with service delivery had been brought to a head by Zita's statements over the past year.

These had "served as evidence of his ignorance of and sluggish way of addressing problems of commercial agriculture", Möller said in a statement.

He hoped the post would be filled by someone with proven management experience and knowledge of the agricultural industry.

The department said senior department official Sipho Ntombela was acting director general. No reason was given for the suspension, and the department was not immediately available for comment.

The Democratic Alliance also welcomed Zita's suspension.

"Mr Zita has done little to put this struggling department back on a solid footing, and the DA has in the past called for him to be removed from his post," DA MP Annette Steyn said in a statement.

Comments
  • BulletProof. - 2012-06-26 20:23

    He hoped the post would be filled by someone with proven management experience and knowledge of the agricultural industry. ALMOST 20 YEARS LATER THEY REMEMBER TO VACATE THE POST AND REPLCE WITH FOR SOMEBODY MORE COMPETENT.PLEEEEASE!!!

      shadho.storm - 2012-06-26 21:51

      @ BP,,,, if ONLY!! NOT ONE of the DAFF hierarchy have a bloody clue what to do, or how to do it and when to do it.... DAFF is a virtual dysfunctional,corrupt, fraudulent, Government entity as bad as the Department of Health Food Control Directorate and all the other F&B Departments.... To use the words frightening and horrific when regarding/referring to these two departments is the tip of the iceberg.

      shadho.storm - 2012-06-26 23:13

      Now she suspends her previous communist party BOSS....hahah!!! So why was he appointed in the 1st place.... FAVORS FOR BUDDIES OR WHAT ??? 2010 Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, who announced the appointment in Cape Town on Monday, said Zita had the necessary background and skills. "We have always said that when we finally appoint a DG, it will be a DG of agriculture, forestry and fisheries and not only of agriculture," she said. Zita, who is from Pedi and was at one time Joemat-Pettersson's superior in the SA Communist Party, said one of his priorities would be to turn the country's roughly 500 000 smallholder farmers into full-scale commercial farmers.

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-06-26 20:23

    Appoint Julius Malema as the New DG of Agriculture to put the department on the right track. He has farming experience

  • shadho.storm - 2012-06-26 21:01

    One down and many to GO!! Irrespective of Zita. However....Why has Billy Makhafola the Executive Officer Of DAFF NOT BEEN FIRED???? Who is Nothing but a "self appointed warlord newbie" in the DAFF FSQA. ( Food Safety and Quality Assurance) Who does as he likes, when he likes and how he likes. AS IF IS A "GOD" himself. Even Blocks and or over rules other DAFF departments from functioning as per their mandate's. Yet is SO Frightened and Petrified to show his face or interview with a complainant. WHAT are your qualifications Mr Makhafola??? One qualification called for to be Executive Officer as per certain DAFF Legislation is that you be a fully qualified Veterinarian.... ARE YOU?? Alas Mr Makhafola you and your Minister and the rest of your dysfunctional DAFF hierarchy have been reported to the Public Protector and the YES the PP office has accepted the complaint for investigation but NOT limited to the office of the PP! Come on BIG MAN...tell the population just how horrendous and dire and despicable and heinous the amount of NON COMPLIANT PRODUCTS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE SOUTH AFRICA AND SOLD TO UNSUSPECTING CUSTOMERS AND CONSUMERS FOR MORE YEARS THAN CAN BE GUESSED AT AND ..... YOU MR HIGH AND BLOODY MIGHTY DAFF CEO ALLOW IT!!! So yes ZITA got what was coming to him... You Mr Makhafola and the rest of your cohorts and comrades whom believe you are above the LAW can rest assured NO stone will be left un turned to have you all removed from DAFF. KNOW THIS!

  • shadho.storm - 2012-06-26 23:24

    Now she suspends her previous communist party BOSS....hahah!!! So why was he appointed in the 1st place.... FAVORS FOR BUDDIES OR WHAT ??? 2010-09-06 14:37 Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, who announced the appointment in Cape Town on Monday, said Zita had the necessary background and skills. "We have always said that when we finally appoint a DG, it will be a DG of agriculture, forestry and fisheries and not only of agriculture," she said. Zita, who is from Pedi and was at one time Joemat-Pettersson's superior in the SA Communist Party, said one of his priorities would be to turn the country's roughly 500 000 smallholder farmers into full-scale commercial farmers.

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