Health takes action against 21 directors
THE Eastern Cape department of health has taken disciplinary action against 21 directors and chief directors after they failed to make statutory disclosures on their financial interests.
The group has been charged with misconduct in terms of public service regulations after withholding details on their personal interests for the 2011-12 fiscal year.
Over the years the department has been hit with a string of corruption related crimes with nearly R1-billion vanishing and tons of medication and equipment being looted.
The department is getting tough on corruption, with health MEC Sicelo Gqobana set to meet the provincial treasury next week to outline a plan to curb wastage and budget mismanagement.
This comes after a new high-tech, anti-corruption task force was set up in the department to combat fraud, extortion and profiteering.
The anti-corruption task force is instructed to cut fraud and wastage by 80% within the department.
Health spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said the misconduct charges were part of the provincial authority's commitment to clean up its finances and ensure clean governance.
Civil servants need to disclose their financial interests to determine if there has been any conflicts arising from non-disclosure that could imply the potential misuse of public funds.
"Some directors in the department are facing disciplinary measures following irregularities and corruption allegations," Kupelo said.
Action will also be taken against the officials who failed to authorise payments for newly appointed medical staff.
More than 200 community service pharmacists, doctors and nurses did not receive April salaries, with some dating back to December.
The pharmacists, doctors and nurses have been loaded on the department's payroll system, but officials failed to submit the necessary documents to treasury for approval.
"The MEC has intervened and written to the provincial treasury to ask them to authorise the payments of those affected," Kupelo said.
The two deputy director-generals in the department have been instructed to take action against their subordinates for failing to manage the payments, he said.
"If in turn they fail to carry out this instruction, action will be taken against them as well," Kupelo said.