Pretoria - Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Buyelwa Sonjica, has launched an investigation into the financial administration of her department.
This follows allegations of financial irregularities and information alleging maladministration and mismanagement in the department.
A statement issued by the department says Minister Sonjica has given the Director General of Water Affairs, Pam Yako, special leave to allow for an unfettered process of investigation.
"No charges have been leveled against Ms Yako or any official of the department and until informed otherwise by the outcome of the investigation, the Director General remains innocent," said Minister Sonjica.
According to the statement, Ms Yako has lent her total support to the process and has indicated her willingness to co-operate fully with the investigation.
She said that as a responsive government committed to clean and efficient governance, "we had to look into these allegations with the seriousness that they deserve."