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Gauteng MEC reviews ‘irregular’ appointments

Two senior appointments are being reviewed by the Gauteng Department of Health after recommendations by the Public Service Commission (PSC), which found them to be irregular, reports TimesLIVE.

After complaints over three senior appointments, two were found to be irregular, while a third is still under investigation by the PSC.

The positions are:

• deputy director-general for corporate services, filled by Basani Baloyi last year; and
• chief director for district health services, filled by Canada Matsaneng, who has held several senior positions in the department.

The findings were sent to MEC Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko.

Matsaneng was appointed as Sedibeng district health chief director in 2020 and had a rocky relationship with the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union, which once marched for his removal.

Now acting as a chief risk officer, he occupied the chief director position which, sources said, requires a postgraduate qualification, while he only has a two-year diploma.

The PSC confirmed that Baloyi and Mastaneng’s appointments have been investigated and found to be irregular, and that the department’s action on the reports would be monitored and tabled in the legislature “to hold the relevant executive authority accountable”.

“They are appointing a counsel to initiate the legal process,” the PSC stated.

Nkomo-Ralehoko’s spokesperson Tshepo Shawa said the appointment of the two “predated” the MEC’s tenure.


TimesLIVE article – Gauteng health MEC reviews two ‘irregular’ senior appointments (Open access)


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