KZN health boss loses job, takes govt to court

2015-04-03 11:03
Sibongile Zungu (KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health)

Sibongile Zungu (KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health)

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Durban - KwaZulu-Natal's embattled health department boss is taking the provincial government to court for failing to renew her contract.

Thami Ngwenya, head of provincial government communications confirmed that Dr Sibongile Zungu's contract had not been renewed.

He said: "The contract of the erstwhile head of department, Dr Sibongile Zungu indeed expired on 31 March 2015. She has since taken the provincial government to court demanding that she be appointed. Her matter is thus sub-judice and there can be no further comment from our side on the matter until the court has made its pronouncement."

Zungu was appointed head of department in 2009 and her five-year contract expired last August. It was renewed on a monthly basis and it was almost a foregone conclusion that she would have been reappointed for a further five years had it not been for allegations of mismanagement and corruption that were levelled against her by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union.

As a result of their complaints, KwaZulu-Natal premier Senzo Mchunu appointed an inquiry headed by Professor Fikile Ndaki and Mimie Memka to investigate the allegations in December last year. 

Zungu was appointed for a further three months pending the outcome of Ndaki's investigation according to a provincial executive council memorandum signed by Mchunu on December 2.

Ndaki's report has not been made public and last week Ngwenya said that the report still had to be delivered to the premier.

On Thursday the provincial health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo accused Zungu of illegally appointing Ndoda Biyela to be chief financial officer (CFO) of the department.

Zungu on Tuesday confirmed that Biyela, who had been suspended from the Gauteng health department last August for tender irregularities, had been appointed to the post in KwaZulu-Natal in February.

Dhlomo claimed he was not aware of Biyela's appointment and that Zungu's action of transferring him from Gauteng was "null and void" as Biyela had already quit as CFO of that province's health department. He therefore could not be transferred from a department for which he no longer worked.

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