Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha has placed the HOD of Department of Social Development Julius Makwena Mahopo, under precautionary suspension. This is effective from 20 February 2024 until the disciplinary process has been concluded.

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The suspension follows the remedial actions made by the Public Protector’s Report Number: 31 of 2023/2024. It investigated allegations of maladministration and improper conduct in the appointment of Child and Youth Care Workers and Child and Youth Care Team Leaders at the Polokwane Welfare Complex and Mavambe Secure Care Centre.

HOD of social development Julius Makwena Mahopo placed on suspension

The report has found that various officials in the Department, including the Head of Department were implicated in wrongdoing. The report made remedial actions that needed to be implemented within a timeframe set.

JULIUS MAKWENA MAHOPO, HOD OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT PLACED UNDER PRECAUTIONARY SUSPENSION

Meanwhile, Ms Dudu Setlatjile has been appointed Acting Head of the Department from 20 February 2024. She is expected to continue implementing remedial actions as they relate to the officials implicated.

“The provincial government will make necessary announcements as soon as the process is concluded,” read a statement.