Senior mainland officials from Guangdong and Shandong provinces are among those who have been toppled in an ongoing anti-corruption campaign, according to state media reports.
Shandong's deputy agriculture chief, Shan Zengde , is being investigated for violating party discipline, a common euphemism for corruption, China National Radio reported yesterday.
This came after a recent handwritten letter, in which Shan allegedly promised his mistress he would be getting a divorce, was widely circulated online.
Du Zeyong, the office director for the Liaocheng city government in Shandong, is also being investigated after pictures surfaced online showing him wearing a red G-string, posing intimately with a woman who was not his wife.
Shandong's anti-graft watchdogs said yesterday that the party's disciplinary commission had been closely monitoring the situation.
Shandong's anti-graft commission received nearly 570,000 complaints last year. Of those, 10,499 investigations were opened and 10,155 cadres were punished.
In Guangdong, Conghua Mayor Guo Qinghe and the city's deputy chief of forestry and gardening, Liu Yantong , are being investigated for "severely violating party disciplines", according to China News Service.
Guo worked in the province's forestry administration for 20 years prior to his current post.