Axed KZN health official's R203K payday

2015-05-20 13:24
Qedani Mahlangu  (Jabu Kumalo, Netwerk24)

Qedani Mahlangu (Jabu Kumalo, Netwerk24)

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Durban - The axed chief financial officer of KwaZulu-Natal’s health department received a R203 000 payout from the Gauteng health department and was never charged despite being suspended.

This emerged in a written response by Gauteng’s health MEC Qedani Mahlangu to questions posed by the Democratic Alliance’s Jack Bloom in the Gauteng legislature.

Brian Ndoda Biyela, who has launched a legal challenge to his sacking from the KwaZulu-Natal health department in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg, previously worked for the Gauteng health department.

He was, however, suspended last August following alleged tender irregularities and in December handed in his resignation with Gauteng department spokesperson Prince Hamnca saying earlier this year that Biyela and the department had “parted ways amicably”.

In response to Bloom’s question about the charges Biyela faced ahead of his disciplinary hearing, Mahlangu said: “He resigned before he was charged.”

Mahlangu also said in the written response, a copy of which is in News24’s possession, that Biyela  did not face any criminal charges and that he was paid R203 650 upon leaving the Gauteng health department.

Illegal appointment

Biyela was appointed CFO of the KwaZulu-Natal health department by the former department head  Sibongile Zungu in February following the sacking of the previous chief financial officer Mashaka Enos Ravhura.

After media reports emerged at the end of March that Biyela had been appointed, KwaZulu-Natal’s health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo distanced himself from the appointment saying it was illegal and that he had never been consulted over the appointment.

Earlier this month Biyela sought an urgent interdict to force the KwaZulu-Natal health department to re-instate him. This was unsuccessful and his challenge to his dismissal is expected to be heard later this month.

The Gauteng health department has never revealed the nature of the allegations.

“I am astonished that Mahlangu still refuses to say what Biyela was charged with, and that no criminal charges were laid against him when it appears that he was suspended in August last year due to alleged corruption,” said Bloom.

He said he intended to make an application in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act to find out why Biyela was suspended.

Read more on:    sibongile zungu  |  jack bloom  |  qedani mahlangu  |  local government

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