The Limpopo government has parted ways with its spokesperson, Phuti Seloba.

According to the statement released by the office of Premier Stan Mathabatha, Seloba was found guilty on four counts, which included gross insubordination, bringing the name of the employer into disrepute, contravention of paragraph 12 of the Public Services Regulations, and improper conduct/unethical behaviour.

According to the sanction document in 2018, Seloba was suspended for allegedly “leaking sensitive information” about Mathabatha to an opposition party.

Seloba started work with the office of Mathabatha back in 2013. He was relieved of his duties after a protracted disciplinary hearing which commenced immediately after his suspension in 2018.

“The marathon hearing took the better part of 2019, until it reached its logical conclusion on May 8,” revealed Kenny Mathivha, current spokesperson to the premier. 

In his sanctions, the chairperson of the Disciplinary Committee went on to say;

“After the finding of guilty, I invited both parties to submit their mitigation and aggravating circumstances on or before 16:30 on the April 3, 2020. I forwarded my ruling to the employer representative, and to both Seloba’s legal representatives, i.e., the attorney and the advocate. However, none of Mr Seloba’s legal representatives responded to my email correspondence.”

Mathivha said the premier’s office believes every avenue, legal and disciplinary provisions and the laws of South Africa have been complied with in its discharge of these sanctions.


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