More heads should roll in R118m New York land scandal, says the DA

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What was said: More heads should roll in relation to a botched R118 million New York land deal, the DA has said.

The backstory: This follows the precautionary suspension on Thursday of the director-general of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Kgabo Mahoai, more than a year after a parliamentary fact-finding mission found the piece of land it bought for new offices did not exist.

The response: DA MP Mergan Chetty, who was part of the parliamentary delegation to New York, said Mahoai was "for the want of a better word, a smokescreen", adding "it was clear that this department had flouted regulations of Treasury" and the officials' conduct was shocking.

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