KZN health officials suspended

2009-09-08 19:06

kalahari.com

Pietermaritzburg - Three senior managers in the KwaZulu-Natal health department have been suspended, MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo said on Tuesday.

The suspension came after Dhlomo and Finance MEC Ina Cronje announced a rescue plan aimed at ridding the department of financial problems resulting in an over-expenditure of R2bn in the past year.

Finance committee members have cautioned government against suspending officials without having sufficient evidence that results in quick dismissal, saying the move sends the wrong signal about government effectiveness.

Full pay, full benefits

Although the officials have not been charged, Dhlomo indicated that the suspensions were a precautionary measure and they would be on full pay enjoying full benefits.

It has been rumoured that the officials, whose names have been withheld, could be from the supply chain management division which has been identified as one of the loopholes in the operations of the department.

Meanwhile, senior ANC member Sipho Gcabashe accused government of having a poor record when it comes to prosecuting suspected officials, with cases dragging on for years while officials enjoy full benefits while doing nothing.

Watertight cases

He called for the department to have watertight cases before suspending officials.

"It's nice to make announcements [of suspensions of officials] but the end result in the past has not been what we expect," said Gcabashe.

Dhlomo was at pains to admit that government was sometimes slow in winding up cases. However he expressed optimism that the investigation against the officials would be swift.

"We can't have very senior managers... at home and have them not doing any work. It will be complete in less than three months," Dhlomo assured finance committee members.
 

- SAPA

Read more on:    sibongiseni dhlomo  |  health
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Tuesday Kuils River - 13:44 PM
    Road name: Polkadraai Road Eastbound
    ROADWORKS between the R102 Van Riebeeck Road and the R310 Baden Powell Drive exit - HEAVY DELAYS
  • Tuesday Mitchells Plain - 12:21 PM
    Road name: Eisleben Road
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Hermes way
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Accounts Payable

Cape Town
CR Solutions
R10 000 - R15 000 Per Month

Sales Administrator

Cape Town
Total Placement Solutions
R7 000 Per Month

Client Operations Analyst

Cape Town
SET Recruitment Consultants
R280 000 - R300 000 Per Year

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

40% off appliances & homeware

Get mind blowing deals on top selling appliances and homeware. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Lenovo A1000 tablet now R999!

Get the Lenovo A1000 tablet for only R999! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

New gobii smartphones from R999!

Front and rear camera's, dual SIM capability and 200MB of FREE Cell C data every month for 12 months, are just some of the many features on these smartphones. Get yours now! Shop here.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

BlackBerry Bold 9790

Bold Design The BlackBerry Bold 9790 smartphone combines the iconic BlackBerry...

From R2508.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It may be hard to avoid an argument or heated conversation today. Someone may be stirring things up and testing your patience. ...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.