Gauteng Health has paid more than R2 million to 18 officials placed on suspension with full pay for almost a year, writes Baldwin Ndaba for The Star.
This was revealed by Health MEC Dr Bandile Masukuin his written reply to questions by DA spokesperson on health Jack Bloom, who wanted to know the number of officials who have been placed on suspension for various offences in the workplace.
Masuku said his department has 18 cases of officials who have been facing disciplinary action for offences dating back more than six months ago. Masuku said is department had paid out R2,052,453.93, The Starreported on 9 September 2019.
He said only two disciplinary cases dated back more than a year ago, adding that the reasons for the delay were because of the complexities of cases, unnecessary postponements and capacity constraints in dealing with labour matters in his department.
Masuku said his department was also waiting for forensic investigations to support charges of fraudulent travel claims, acting beyond authority and non-compliance with policy and unauthorised absence. He intended appointing a law firm to assist.
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