The Gauteng government has suspended its Health Department Chief Financial Officer Lerato Madyo and the Tembisa Hospital CEO Ashley Mthunzi over allegations of improper procurement and payment of service providers at the hospital.
They’re also suspected of possible links to the murder a year ago of whistleblower, Babita Deokaran, a former chief director of finance in the Gauteng Health department.
Deokaran was a witness for the SIU in the R332-million PPE scandals in Gauteng. A recent News24 investigation revealed that weeks before her murder, Deokaran had raised concern over dubious payments at the Tembisa Hospital.
Spokesperson for the Gauteng Premier Vuyo Mhaga says that another senior health official has recently been threatened.
“The HOD of the Health Department Dr Nomonde Nolutshungu has also opened a criminal case with SAPS. Dr Nolutshungu brought to the Premier’s attention the threats she had received through email. The Premier had immediately Gauteng Police Commissioner Elias Mawela to take appropriate steps and find those responsible. The Premier says that those involved in corruption and underhand dealings will face the might of the law,” says Mhaga.
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