KZN health dept probes bribes-for-jobs

2011-10-13 20:00

Durban - The KwaZulu-Natal health department is investigating allegations of staff taking bribes from job seekers, spokesman Chris Maxon said on Thursday.

"The department wishes to assure complainants - that their matters are being addressed. Efforts to identify and root out these syndicates are well in advance."

People apparently paid bribes of between R3 500 and R10 000 to officials to get employment in government health institutions, he said.

Maxon said employees of the department of health had been dismissed for soliciting bribes for thousands of rands.

"A senior staff member from St Francis Hospital, in Mahlabathini, was dismissed and recently lost arbitration after she received a R3 000 bribe from a job seeker."

Another staff member, from Addington Hospital, was dismissed after taking bribes of about R3 500 each from four unsuspecting job seekers.

"We call on other people with information or who have made bribes to submit information and evidence to hospitals or clinics where they were promised employment," Maxon said.

"On Tuesday, a woman was arrested after she posed as a nurse at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital and solicited bribes from job seekers. She allegedly promised them nursing jobs and took bribes of up to R5 000."

  • mpiyakhe.dhlamini - 2011-10-13 20:32

    the kzn health dept has no idea how widespread this is e.g where i come from everytime there are posts in the health dept no one has a chance without a bribe and in fact there are loan sharks who finance bribes in exchange for a percentage of the salary and everyone knows this is happening and no one dare report it because these people are frequently linked to the anc and they turn a blind eye to this if not encourage it

  • mpiyakhe.dhlamini - 2011-10-13 20:36

    if government is serious about fighting corruption,first end it in the anc first because it has been my experience that most corrupt individuals can be prosecuted and are prosecuted except when they are anc

      Johannes - 2011-10-13 21:24

      I agree with you, but do you not think the problem became to big in the ANC to sort out themselves?

      Bertha - 2011-10-14 10:13

      I agree, however, if all officials where taken to ask over their corruption, fraud, theft the list is endless, who would be left in their ranks to run the country? A snap election is not feasible, neither is recruitment as there are just not enough quality, qualified & experienced people to take up these positions with the current party. The DA may well have a shot here, but lets be realistic about the countries politics, SA is and will continue to be ANC run for quite a few generations to come. Politic mafia they may be, and while every dept at every level quite simply lies through their teeth about facts and figures the international community are willing to turn a blind eye.

      mpiyakhe.dhlamini - 2011-10-15 14:46

      @johannes,the reality is unless we can get people to make the connection between corruption and poor delivery,they will continue supporting the anc and thus the only other way is to somehow stamp out corruption in the party.I wish we didn't do things because of race,there are much better reasons for us to work together as black and white(such as economic prosperity)

      mpiyakhe.dhlamini - 2011-10-15 14:55

      @bertha,unfortunately everything ultimately comes back to education so you are right,but no one is going to help us from outside it is a s.african problem that we somehow have to fix ourselves

  • Harry - 2011-10-13 21:22

    Well, this is a positive story right... They are catching people and starting to address the situation...That is a good thing. And yes I know that there still is a lot to be done and bigger fish to catch, however, every corrupt official caught is a step in the right direction.

  • keith.staniford - 2011-10-13 21:45

    Is there anything that these morons have not got their grubby little black hands on?

  • Mtizozo - 2011-10-13 22:52

    They need to do something to stop corruption. but it does'nt mean that the aparteid govn was not, its just the there eas no media freedom at a time,,

      mpiyakhe.dhlamini - 2011-10-15 14:59

      sure apartheid was corrupt,but does it matter now who did what?we are faced with huge problems and they are not problems of the past but the present which determines the future,if you could have a choice between being right and fixing our common problems,which would you choose?

  • mmbukeni - 2012-01-20 22:44

    I am surprised why it has taken KZN DEPT too long to find out about this corrupt(bribery) job for sale within its department.Most South Coast health institutions starting from Scortbugh down to Gamalakhe bribery is order of the day.

  • Multi - 2012-06-01 13:11

    Catch a wakeup!!! This is happening all around us and we are too blind? The majority of labour consultants does exactly the same!! They just do it in a "legal" way. They solicit money from the client (sometimes 3 times more than the candidate get's paid per month) These Companies are stupid enough to leave all recruitment to unskilled and non-qualified people to interview persons with 20 - 40 years experience and background. The labour consultant does not understand or appreciate this kind of experience but use this as leverage to negotiate or inflate quotations or fees payable for placement or hire. No wonder SA citizens returning from foreign Contracts can not get job's in SA..they are well qualified with excellent exposure and the Labour Consultant is using this skills to inflate his/her quotation so they become "too expensive" the meantime the person is looking for a market related salary with standard benefits, but this is all blown out of proportion by a labour Consultant money hunger. No one can apply direct to a Company any longer as labour Consultants have signed contracts that prevent Companies from displaying their direct HR contact details...they are manipulated by labour Consultants!!! Example, person needs R20.000 p/m, housing assistance, has a section 13 Trade, 40 years exposure and background in 5 different African Countries....labour consultant market and offer him to a Company for R98 000.00 CTC!!!! This candidate will NEVER get placed!!!!

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