29 October 2020 - NW2417
Hlengwa, Ms MD to ask the Minister of Health
(1)What progress has been made to fill the important vacant positions of hospital management in Gauteng after such staff were implicated in alleged corruption related to the procurement of personal protective equipment; (2) whether the implicated officials have been officially charged for their misconduct; if not, what are the reasons for this; if so, what are the relevant details?
1. The Gauteng Provincial Department of Health confirms that there are alleged corruption implications laid against some Hospital managers in the Gauteng Health Department related to the procurement of personal protective equipment. However, investigations are still underway by the Security Agencies. The Hospital Managers are still occupying the posts and therefore no process to fill the posts has commenced yet. It should be noted that in accordance with the Public Service Regulations, only vacant funded posts can be advertised to be filled.
2. The implicated officials have not yet been officially charged because the investigations are still proceeding and no further details can be provided to safeguard the interest of the investigation process.