Sithole mum about suspended health head

2014-01-09 00:00

THE public may never know the outcome of the eThekwini municipality investigation to the health Head of Department Dr Nomakhosi Gxagxisa.

City manager Sbu Sithole yesterday said he was not prepared to discuss the issue when approached for comment on why Gxagxisa was still not back in office.

She was due to report back on duty in December after a three-month suspension on a number of issues, including alleged improper appointments and not paying a fine to the Health Professionals Council of SA (HPCSA).

But now Sithole is tight lipped about the investigations into Gxagxisa’s affairs.

She was suspended with full pay in September last year on allegations of bringing the council into disrepute.

Sithole said the investigation involving Gxagxisa was intended to establish the facts of certain matters and not to prosecute her.

“In terms of Section 14.6 of the Municipal Disciplinary Code, Dr Gxa­gxisa’s suspension was from September with full pay as per the conditions of service. She was due back at work in December 17, 2013. Issues between the municipality and its employees are of a confidential nature. They are not for discussion with third parties,” he said.

Sithole said affected parties will be briefed about the outcome of the investigation.

Last year, Gxagxisa was found guilty of unprofessional conduct by the HPCSA for not being registered with the council and fined R50 000.

DA caucus leader Zwakele Mncwango said he wrote an e-mail to Dr Musa Gumede, the deputy city manager responsible for health and social services, about the issue. “It’s clear that there has been a political interference in the matter,” he said.

Mncwango said there should be clear answers on the issues involving Gxagxisa and the outcome of the investigation should be made public.

Yesterday Gxagxisa refused to talk on the matter. “I will not discuss this matter with the media. Please get details from the council,” she said.

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