The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande notes the precautionary suspension of the Director-General (DG) of the Department of Higher Education and Training Mr. Gwebinkundla Qonde, who was appointed as Director-General in September 2011. The suspension was made in terms of the Public Service Act and the SMS handbook, in the wake of a disclaimer audit opinion by the Auditor general of South Africa (AGSA).
The solution made following this precautionary suspension of Director-General Qonde, the Minister Blade Nzimande appointed Dr Phil Mjwara as the new Director-General of the Department of Science and Innovation and furthermore he was appointed with immediate effect from today, Friday the 23rd July 2021. Dr Phil Mjwara will act as the Director General of the Department of Higher Education and Training until the conclusion of the investigations and any process that may occur as a result.
Higher Education Minister Nzimande wishes Director-General Dr Mjwara well in his new responsibility, and urges all employees and fellow stakeholders of the department to fully cooperate with the acting Director-General (DG).