Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) Siyabonga Cwele has initiated an inquiry into the management affairs of his department.
The DA recently reported that three Deputy Directors-Generals had left the department within five months.
In addition, last week 80% of the senior staff were issued warning letters by the DG for their non-performance in the first quarter of the current fiscal year.
Marian Shinn, the DA’s Shadow Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, said that she was informed during the past weekend that, apart from the departure of DDG Sam Vilakazi last week, three other employees left the department.
These employees are Legal Director, Lerato Molete, Assistant Director of Procurement, Masotla Sebona, and Deputy Director of Strategic Management, Judy Stevens.
“The DTPS has been in a state of upheaval for some years, but this has been exacerbated during the past year by ongoing internal disciplinary and Special Investigating Unit inquiries,” said Shinn.
“The DA commends Minister Cwele for at last taking action on what has for some time clearly been a dysfunctional department,” said Shinn.
The two SIU investigations into the Media Corner deal and the ICT Indaba were due for completion on July 31 for handover to the President.