The director general of the Department of International Relations and Co-operation, Jerry Matjila, has reportedly been placed on special leave following claims of irregular expenditure to the tune of R500-million.
According to the Mail & Guardian, the Minister of International Relations and Co-operation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane ordered a special audit following claims that Matjila was responsible for the African Renaissance Fund's (ARF) irregular expenditure of R500-million.
The African Renaissance Fund is used by South Africa to offer humanitarian aid to struggling countries in Africa. The fund though has also been used to assist Palestinians, the reports claims.
The allegations against Matjila include disregarding a Treasury directive to channel R250-million to the World Food Programme for humanitarian aid in the Sahel region.
Matjila is also accused of awarding a contract for R54-million to a company called Motse1, to deliver food to the drought ravaged areas of Mali, Niger, Mauritania and Chad, without the approval of an advisory committee to the ministers of finance and international relations.
According to DIRCO spokesperson Clayson Monyela, Matjila has been place on leave indefinitely to reportedly allow for a thorough investigation of the allegations.