Eastern Cape health denies boss quit
Johannesburg - Eastern Cape health superintendent general Siva Pillay has not resigned, his department said on Friday.
"Dr Pillay remains head of department," said spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo.
Earlier, the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) in the province welcomed his purported resignation.
Union spokesman, Asanda Fingqo, said Pillay suspended nurses without following proper procedures and hired "his own people".
Kupelo said an independent forensic audit was carried out when allegations of nepotism and corruption surfaced, and no evidence was found against Pillay.
Kupelo said the Congress of SA Trade Unions signed an agreement with provincial government that employees who had been suspended would be reinstated if, after two months had passed, no charges were brought against them.
On a Denosa demand for urgent intervention by Health MEC Sicelo Gqobana over dirty conditions and staff shortages in hospitals, Kupelo said the MEC agreed that "something needs to be done".
Provincial health department management in Bhisho were not providing adequate support, and an urgent meeting was scheduled for next week to sort out these issues, Kupelo said.