Former Health D-G tipped for top KZN post

2009-09-23 00:00

QUESTIONS are being raised whether the controversial former national director-general for Health, Thami Mseleku, is heading for his hometown, Pietermaritzburg, to become the KZN director-general.

Mseleku resigned last week and since then there has been speculation that he may be appointed director-general in the KZN provincial government.

The post is vacant as the former incumbent, Kwazi Mbanjwa, moved with former premier Sibusiso Ndebele to the national Transport Department.

The Democratic Alliance caucus leader in the legislature, John Steenhuisen, expressed unhappiness over Mseleku’s track record in his former department.

Steenhuisen called on KZN Premier Zweli Mkhize to “urgently and unequivocally” dispel rumours that Mseleku is heading for KZN.

The DA MPL said Mseleku is an “unashamed sympathiser and defender of the infamous and discredited Dr Raath and his so-called ‘Aids vitamins’.

“He was also a slavish defender of the denialist views of both former Health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang and president Thabo Mbeki. His stewardship of the national department of Health resulted in no less than three years of qualified audit opinions by the Auditor-General’s office.”

Steenhuisen added that Mseleuku has had a bitterly acrimonious relationship with Aids NGOs such as the Treatment Action Campaign and the Aids Law Project.

“The situation in KwaZulu-Natal, particularly the high incidence of HIV and Aids, is just too dire to take a chance on appointing Mseleku to this key position,” the DA leader said.

Spokesman for the premier Ndabezinhle Sibiya denied that Mseleku is headed for the KZN director-general position.

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