Health lawyer wants job back

2013-06-11 12:06
Gaston Savoi (Dries Liebenberg, Beeld)

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Durban - A woman who claims she was suspended after being interviewed by the Hawks in connection with a corruption case was expected to appear in the Labour Court on Tuesday, the Mercury reported.

In the case, Uruguayan businessman Gaston Savoi and several senior KwaZulu-Natal government employees were charged with racketeering, fraud, and money laundering.

The case relates to the sale of water purification plants to the KwaZulu-Natal health department, allegedly at inflated prices.

Kantha Padayachee, who was the health department's legal services general manager, would ask the court to set aside her suspension.

Padayachee was reportedly suspended after she met a Hawks detective who was investigating the multi-million rand fraud case in February 2010.

According to the Mercury, the health department denied Padayachee was targeted because of her meeting with police.

The paper reported that head of department Sibongile Zungu was the one who initiated the criminal proceedings related to the water purification plant tender scam and she had given PricewaterhourseCoopers permission to interview Padayachee.

Padayachee was suspended after being charged by the department on seven counts of misconduct.

She allegedly used vulgar and disrespectful language when addressing staff, showed favouritism towards an employee, and ill-treated staff because of racism.
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