Arts and culture DG departs

FILE PICTURE: From left, Minister of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Collins Chabane, Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile, Deputy Minister Of Arts and Culture Gwen Ramokgopha and DAC's DG Sibusiso Xaba celebrate a symbolic release of balloons, 3 April 2014, at the launch of Freedom Month at the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) offices in Prettoria. The theme for the 2014 Freedom Month celebrations is “South Africa - a Better Place to live in. Picture: Kopano Tlape/GCIS

Arts and culture director general Sibusiso Xaba will leave at the end of the month after reaching a settlement agreement with the department, the ministry said on Thursday.

“Mr Xaba was placed on suspension in 2014, pending a forensic investigation on irregular expenditure and non-adherence to procedure, among other reasons,” it said in a statement.

“The suspension followed an alarming audit report by the auditor general on the department of arts and culture, presented last year and covering the 2013/14 financial year, ending on 31 March 2014.”

The report had identified the severity and growth of irregular spending, non-adherence to procedures, and possible lack of action against officials who made or permitted irregular spending.

The ministry the auditor general report had prompted the minister to launch a forensic investigation.

“The ministry thanks Mr Xaba for his contribution over the past few years and wishes him well in his future endeavours.”

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