A SENIOR official of the department of roads and transport in Limpopo has resigned - two months after he was suspended on charges of corruption.
The department's general manager for corporate support, Diphoko Mahango, was suspended on October 1 after it emerged that he had awarded a departmental bursary to a dependant of his.
It is not clear how he is related to the beneficiary, who is studying at Wits University.
MEC Pinkie Kekana confirmed yesterday that while on suspension Mahango submitted a request for retirement with effect from December 31.
Mahango was suspended on full pay pending a disciplinary hearing into the matter.
Kekana said the department had since accepted the application. Based on it the department had also decided not to proceed with the disciplinary hearing.
"I can confirm that the department of roads and transport will no longer proceed with the disciplinary action against our general manager for corporate support, Diphoko Mahango, after he offered to go on retirement.
"But we have agreed with Mahango that he will pay back an amount of R58841 in respect of money paid by the department by way of a bursary for the benefit of his dependant," Kekana said.
The MEC said the department would also cancel the three-year-long bursary, which would have cost the department about R180 000.
"The university has since been informed of this decision," she said.
Kekana also welcomed the fact that the department had suffered no loss and managed to stop a potential cost of R180000 to the taxpayer.
Mahango leaves the department at a time when the provincial standing committee on public accounts had recommended action against him.
Scopa accused him of having "unduly" benefitted from contracts worth millions of rands from the government without approval.
Chairperson Derrick Ngobeni said yesterday they would take action against anyone who might authorise Mahango's departure despite the fact that he was still facing serious charges.