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SenzeniZokwana2News24 reports on the attempt by Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) Minister Senzeni Zokwana to get the Western Cape High Court to order the department's director general to stop the disciplinary proceedings of three officials.  

He cited the need to protect classified documents.  "We are in essence here to protect those documents," advocate Porchia Long submitted on Zokwana's behalf.  She said the minister himself tried to resolve the matter with director general Mzamo Mlengana because he felt external law enforcement agencies should be dealing with it, but to no avail.  Mlengana was appointed in 2016, suspended in 2017, but returned to his post in 2018 when the Johannesburg High Court ruled that the minister had no power to suspend him.  According to the court papers, while he was on suspension, whistleblowers made certain protected disclosures to Zokwana.  Mlengana was reinstated and he instituted disciplinary proceedings against three officials, ignoring Zokwana's instructions to halt the proceedings because the classified documents had to be declassified.  According to Zokwana, the hearings could affect the investigation by the Hawks, the National Prosecuting Authority and the Public Protector, who were better placed to probe the allegations.  Zokwana’s application was postponed to 8 February.

  • Read Jenni Evans’ report in this regard in full at News24

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