The Gauteng Health Department has given Ruth Mabyana, CEO of Bheki Mlangeni Hospital in Soweto, a “precautionary transfer” amid a misconduct debacle in which she has been implicated, reports News24. “The issues surrounding the case must still be verified and a determination will be made accordingly. The CEO has been moved from the hospital,” Gauteng Health Department spokesperson Kwara Kekana said in a statement.
Kekana said Makabedi Makhetha would be acting in the position in the meantime. Acting Gauteng Health MEC Jacob Mamabolo said there was a need to urgently resolve the broader challenges at Bheki Mlangeni Hospital and the community's confidence in the facility's capacity to continue providing much-needed healthcare services should be restored.
He said an alleged case of rape at the facility was being looked into and that the department would appoint an independent investigator to help finalise the matter following an internal preliminary report. The matter had also been referred to the SAPS for investigation, he said.
IoL has reported there have been incidents of violence at the hospital and complaints laid against Mabyana.
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