More allegations at hospital after exposé

2008-07-03 00:00

More alllegations have emerged at Fort Napier Hospital, following a Witness exposé of the top manager’s six months’ paid leave.

Another senior member of the human resources staff has been accused of fraudulent practices and colluding with a senior staffer from the finance division.

The human resources senior staffer allegedly covered up for the person who has been on paid leave for more than six months.

She also allegedly awarded a security tender to a company owned by a relative of the senior staffer in the finance division.

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) raised its concerns in February 2007 and called for an investigation.

Nehawu district secretary Sipho Mthembu said there have been no reports on the investigation.

He said one of the companies was not on the list of companies shortlisted for the contract.

"The company did not contest or bid for the tender. The owner of the company was visited at home in kwaMachibisa to sign for the contract. The company did not have security equipment," he said.

A second company also did not enter in the bidding for the contract. It is believed that the owner is related to the sick manager. The names of both managers and those of the security companies are known to The Witness.

The HR senior staffer was tasked to compile a report on the matter and submit it to a private investigator who would forward it to the union to include its input. However, Mthembu said the union is still waiting for the report.

"We feel that the institutional management is protecting or promoting fraud if the matter has not been investigated."

The Witness is in possession of documents linking the HR senior staffer to further fraudulent transactions in the institution.

sandilez@witness.co.za

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