Health depts dragged to court by suspended CFO

2015-05-07 16:28


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Durban - Ndoda Biyela, the man who was suspended as chief financial officer of the Gauteng health department and asked to leave the KwaZulu-Natal health departments, has taken both his former employers and the national health department to court.

A statement released by the KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo said: "Mr Biyela took the KZN Health MEC, the Gauteng Health MEC and the National Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to court as respondents."

Dhlomo announced that he would be holding a press conference on Friday to discuss this.

It is understood that Biyela sought an urgent interdict to be re-instated as CFO of the KwaZulu-Natal health department. The matter was adjourned in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg and is expected to be heard before the end of the month.

Biyela was suspended as CFO of the Gauteng health department last August.

The Gauteng health department last year said in a statement: "Mr [Ndoda] Biyela was suspended following allegations of irregularities relating to procurement processes in the department."

Linen contract

While the Gauteng health department has never stated what came of these allegations or what exactly they were, the Democratic Alliance's spokesperson for health in Gauteng, Jack Bloom, said at the time he believed the allegations related to a linen contract reportedly awarded in May 2013 without going to tender.

It emerged at the end of March this year that the KwaZulu-Natal's former health department boss Dr Sibongile Zungu had appointed Biyela at the beginning of February.

In early April Dhlomo held a press conference, claiming he had never been consulted over Biyela's appointment and that the appointment was illegal.

Dhlomo claimed Zungu had transferred Biyela from the Gauteng health department to the KwaZulu-Natal health department, even though Biyela had already resigned and Zungu was on leave at the time of the transfer.

Both Zungu and Biyela have claimed that his appointment was legitimate and towards the end of last month KwaZulu-Natal health spokesperson Sam Mkhwanazi said: "The department is following processes as per section 5(7)(a) of the Public Service Act, 1994, in having the appointment nullified. These processes are to be finalised by Friday, April 24 2015."

Earlier this week, the DA claimed Biyela had continued to work and said it would be asking Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate.

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