Industry sources said yesterday that last week’s suspension of the director-general of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing, Mike Mlengana, could open a “Pandora’s box” in an economic sector, which is said to be riddled with dodgy deals.
Mlengana was reportedly suspended because he refused to sign a massive contract with The iFirm, a company owned by two former police generals, Mzwandile Petros and Thulani Ntobela.
Petros is the former police commissioner of Gauteng, while Ntobela held the position in Mpumalanga.
The contract was reportedly put in front of him without the proper tender process for contracts in excess of R500000 being followed. Minister Senzeni Zokwana announced Mlengana’s suspension last Wednesday.