Health boss suspended - Internal investigation to investigate allegations against Gxagxisa

2013-09-18 00:00

DURBAN’S controversial health boss Dr Nomakhosi Gxagxisa has been suspended for three months pending an internal investigation.

Municipal spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng said her suspension is with effect from today. “The city is investigating a number of allegations against her. The investigation will look at why the issue of her registration with the Health Professions Council was not resolved by December 2011 as had been expected.

“The other issue is the conditions of the settlement agreement that she reached with an aggrieved candidate for one of the senior management posts in the unit, allegedly without following proper procedures,” he said.

She was suspended with full pay.

Mofokeng said senior managers within the unit will act in Gxagxisa’s position on a rotational basis until the matter is resolved.

Last month, health, safety and social services committee chairperson Councillor Zandile Gumede expressed discontent when Gxagxisa did not arrive for meetings.

In 2011 Gxagxisa was found guilty of unprofessional conduct by the HPCSA. This after the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) lodged several complaints against her. She was subsequently found guilty on two charges and ordered to pay a R20 000 admission of guilt fine by the council.

The charges emanates from the fact that she practised as a medical practitioner between June 1992 and November 2011 without being registered with the council.

In 2011, the city reassigned Gxagxisa to the deputy city manager’s office after it was found that when she was employed in 2009, she had not been registered with the council, which was a requirement for the post.

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