Former KZN health HoD fails in court bid to be reinstated

2015-04-23 16:22
Sibongile Zungu (KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health)

Sibongile Zungu (KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health)

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Durban - The Durban Labour Court has dismissed the former KwaZulu-Natal health department boss’s attempt to force KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu to employ her.

Sibongile Zungu was informed last month that her contract would not be renewed, but she launched a legal challenge to Mchunu’s decision.

While the details of her application are not immediately known, Judge Benita Whitcher ordered on Tuesday that Zungu’s application brought against Mchunu and KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo be dismissed with costs. News24 obtained a copy of the order on Wednesday.

Zungu was appointed in 2009 and her five-year contract ended last August.

She was then appointed on a monthly basis following applications for the position and she was set to be reappointed for a further five years, when KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu delayed her appointment pending the outcome of an inquiry.

The inquiry, headed by Professor Fikile Ndaki, was appointed last December following allegations of corruption and mismanagement levelled by the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union.

Leave to appeal

At the end of last month she was informed that the contract would not be renewed at the end of March.

Lindiwe Simelane, the general manager in charge of clinical support, was appointed to head up the department in an acting position.

Zungu could not immediately be reached for comment and Sam Mkhwanazi, spokesperson for the health department, said that he could not comment on Zungu as the appointment of the head of the health department was the responsibility of the premier.

It was not yet clear whether Zungu would seek leave to appeal the court’s decision.

Comment could also not immediately be obtained from the office of Premier Senzo Mchunu.

Earlier this month Zungu incurred the wrath of Dhlomo when it emerged that she had appointed Ndoda Biyela as chief financial officer of the department, despite the fact that Biyela had been suspended as chief financial officer of the Gauteng health department last August.

Dhlomo said at a press conference on April 2 that Zungu had illegally appointed Biyela.  

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