Fake nurse story ‘fabricated’

2015-03-17 00:00

THE head of the human resources department at Grey’s Hospital has been suspended pending an investigation into allegations that he hired a “ghost” nurse.

Sihle Hlongwa (52) strongly denies the accusation, saying that he was being framed by people who wanted to have him fired.

Hlongwa has been sitting at home, earning his full monthly salary, since January 28 after his employers informed him that he was being investigated.

The KZN Health Department confirmed that Hlongwa was being investigated, but it would not be drawn to elaborate on the details of the probe.

Health spokesperson Agiza Hlongwane said: “We are currently conducting an internal investigation into this matter, and we are therefore not in a position to comment further.”

Hlongwa, who has been the HR head at Grey’s since 2003, flatly denied the allegations and believed that “evil forces” were working to get him fired from his job.

He said he was aware that he was not allowed to speak to the media, but said he had no alternative because he was currently suspended.

“I have not been charged and yet I am sitting at home instead of doing my job. It is not clear what I am being investigated for, but I was told that they are suspending me for apparently hiring a fake nurse,” he said.

Hlongwa denied any knowledge of the appointment.

“The nurse was not on the Grey’s payroll. So how can they say that I created a ghost employee that was not paid by the department? It does not make sense,” he said.

“I have been working for the department for the last 33 years and I know the procedures that need to be followed.

“I’ve got nothing to do with the ­appointment of nurses. My role is to ­advertise the posts. I don’t even sit on the panel that does the interviews; senior nurses conduct the interviews,” explained Hlongwa.

“There are sinister forces working to drag my name in the mud; this whole thing is fabricated,” he added.

Hlongwa said he was not aware of any enemies at the hospital.

“I have made representations to the investigators and told them that there was a scam and that I had reported it to the police.

“I told them that someone was using my name to extort money from people, promising them jobs,” said Hlongwa.

However, he was unable to provide any proof of this.

“I am very angry and I feel that my dignity has been compromised,” he said.

• amanda.khoza@witness@witness.co.za

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