Hospital official cleared

2008-09-10 00:00

A manager at Fort Napier hospital has been cleared of all allegations of corruption, mismanagement and fraud levelled against her.

Human resources manager Nozipho Ndwandwe was alleged to have been involved in a number of corrupt transactions early this year.

Staff members and the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) accused her of “transgressing the rules and regulations of the public service” and of having “abused her authority as manager”.

Allegations included covering-up for the finance and systems manager (who went on paid leave for more than six months) and awarding a security tender to a private company owned by a relative of the same manager. She was also accused of having illegally authorised the payment of R24 606 in training fees for herself and other two employees at a Gauteng private institution.

An investigation found Ndwandwe not guilty. “The investigation found that there was corruption in awarding of a security tender, but the guilty party was not the HR manager,” said KZN Health Department spokesman Leon Mbangwa.

“The [other] employee was subsequently charged with misconduct and found guilty at the hearing. She is currently serving a one-month suspension without pay and allegations levelled against the HR manager are unfounded,” said Mbangwa.

Ndwandwe was also cleared on allegations of illegal authorisation of the training fees. Mbangwa said that although she was one of those covered, she followed proper procedure.

In the event, the three did not go, because permission to attend the out-of-province training, which had to be given by the area general manager, was delayed. Fort Napier had to pay because they had already registered, but later negotiated a credit for future courses.

Mbangwa said the investigation also found that Ndwandwe did not interfere with the recruitment of a administration officer for procurement. “The process of recruitment and selection was followed properly. The short listing and interviews minutes were found to be valid and correct and no evidence of interference was found as alleged.”

He said that Ndwandwe was not part of the interviewing panel.

sandilez@witness.co.za

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