The Eastern Cape department of education announced this week it had suspended two top officials.
Superintendent general Nomlamli Mahanjana served letters of precautionary suspension on Monday on chief financial officer Tracy Cumming and director of further education, training and adult basic education and training, Enoch Khumalo.
Departmental spokesman Phila Ngqumba said the suspensions were based on allegations of financial mismanagement and irregularities in departmental procurement procedures.
"These are serious allegations of misconduct.
"The department's aim is to bring orderly administration and proper management of financial resources," Ngqumba said.