Don't complain to Public Protector - KZN Health MEC

2015-05-08 12:04
Millicent Simelane and Sibongiseni Dhlomo (Giordano Stolley, News24)

Millicent Simelane and Sibongiseni Dhlomo (Giordano Stolley, News24)

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Durban - KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo on Friday urged opposition political parties not to lodge any complaints over the department's axed chief financial officer (CFO).

Dhlomo, who was addressing the province's health portfolio committee in Durban, said: "It is probably now not the time for the Public Protector to intervene."

He said this was in light of the fact that the axed CFO Ndoda Biyela had taken both the Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal health departments and the Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to court to be reinstated.

Earlier this week the Democratic Alliance's health spokesperson Dr Imran Keeka, said he would lodge a complaint with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela over the controversial February appointment of Ndoda Biyela as CFO.

Biyela, who was suspended from the Gauteng health department last August over alleged tender irregularities, was appointed by former KwaZulu-Natal department head Sibongile Zungu in February.

Early in April, after the SA Press Association reported on Biyela's appointment, Dhlomo held a press conference distancing himself from the appointment, saying that Zungu had made the appointment without his knowledge.

Not on payroll

He said that Zungu had arranged in January for Biyela to be transferred from the Gauteng health department to the KwaZulu-Natal health department even though Biyela had resigned from Gauteng in December.

Dhlomo on Friday told the health portfolio committee that Biyela was not being paid by the department.

"Biyela is not on the payroll of the department. Currently he is not part of our staff," he said.

Dhlomo said that the department had not advertised for a new CFO and would not do so until Biyela's legal challenge had been resolved.

KwaZulu-Natal newspaper The Witness reported that in his papers submitted to the High Court in Pietermaritzburg, Biyela had sought to be reinstated, paid his salary and claimed that there was nothing irregular with his appointment.

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