- The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has been investigating claims of fraud and corruption in its organisation since 2019.
- The SIU has been leading the probe.
- Sixteen employees will now face disciplinary procedures.
The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has placed 16 employees on precautionary suspension, after they were implicated in bribery and corruption involving the expediting of registration processes.
The HPCSA said the suspensions were part of the disciplinary processes at the organisation, and followed findings in an investigation into maladministration, corruption and fraud that had been under way since 2019.
The investigation, undertaken by the Special Investigating Unit, was approved by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the request of the HPCSA.
"The investigation commenced in 2019, covering the period 2016 to 2019 as per the proclamation," said HPCSA president Professor Simon Nemutandani.
Several reports had since been received by the council, with the most recent on Friday 12 March implicating several employees in acts of corruption or bribery involving the expediting of registration processes.
As a result, 16 employees were placed on precautionary suspension as part of the disciplinary processes in line with the HPCSA's disciplinary codes and procedures.
"The HPCSA condemns such unethical business practices within the organisation and it is committed to ensure that such behaviour does not occur in the future," said Nemutandani.
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