“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.”