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SenzeniZokwana2Business Report writes that Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) Minister Senzeni Zokwana has to motivate why he should not be held personally liable for legal costs arising from an unlawful suspension of his director-general Michael Mlengana.  

The High Court in Pretoria ruled recently that Mlengana’s suspension by Zokwana had been unlawful, invalid and of no force and effect.  Zokwana placed Mlengana on precautionary suspension in July 2017 pending an investigation into allegations of gross misconduct against him, which he challenged in court.  The court ruled that Zokwana lacked the authority to suspend Mlengana, who returned to work on Monday after the suspension was set aside with immediate effect.  The minister was called to show cause on the affidavit on or before 15 May why he should not pay the costs of the application from his own pocket.  DAFF said Zokwana had noted and was currently studying the judgment.  Mlengana, the former first president of the African Farmers Association of SA, said he was happy to be back at work.


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