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Nyembezi's days as Health HOD numbered

By unknown | Sep 04, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

The noose is tightening around the neck of embattled KwaZulu-Natal department of health head, Busi Nyembezi.

This comes after the discovery of documents showing that she awarded R15 million worth of business to her own company.

The money was channelled to Sisa Consulting, which traded as Harambe Institute for Transformation and was owned by Nyembezi. The document has been drawn up by a senior manager within the department.

The documents, dated 27 August, have been sent to Premier Sbu Ndebele and Health MEC Peggy Nkonyeni.

It says prior to her appointment as HOD in 2004, Nyembezi provided consultancy services to the department under Harambe.

In that period from January 1 2004 to February 2 this year, the total payments made to Harambe for consultancy services amounted to R15 213 812.77.

The documents allege that Nyembezi had put pressure on officials in the department to award tenders to individuals associated with Harambe, now trading as Sisa Consulting and operating as Pedal Trading.

Sowetan reported extensively on the allegations levelled against Nyembezi and her association with Harambe when she was appointed HOD. The allegations were denied by the department and Nyembezi.

Instead staff members thought to be whistle-blowers were expelled after Nyembezi refused to extend their contracts. Whereas Nyembezi told the department and Sowetan that she had relinquished her ownership of Harambe.

But after Nkonyeni obtained necessary information from Nyembezi, she denied any link with any companies mentioned in the letter sent to Ndebele's office in July.

However, in October last year senior departmental staff were summoned to a meeting. Here Nyembezi raised concern about speculation indicating that she "was corrupt and awarding quotations and bids to her own company".

At that meeting, the document reveals, she informed staff that she might leave government one day and, as a result, had not disposed of her interest in Harambe.

"She ceded her assets in Harambe to Nomathemba Sithole under Pedal Trading 175 CC trading as Sisa Consulting," the document said.

Last week, Nkonyeni met Ndebele to ask for his personal intervention against Nyembezi.

While no one is prepared to comment on the matter, indications are that Nyembezi's days are numbered.

Her enemies, "former and current staff", are lining up to testify in any investigation or disciplinary action against her.


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