Speculation is rife that KwaZulu-Natal's embattled head of the department of health Busi Nyembezi's future hangs in the balance after an independent probe by a leading law firm.
KwaZulu-Natal Premier S'bu Ndebele appointed investigators from Strauss Daly lawyers to lead the probe.
This comes after Sowetan reported that Nyembezi was allegedly involved in a tender scam worth more than R15million. It is alleged her company, Harambe Institute for Transformation and its associated companies, benefited from the tender.
Strauss Daly was also to investigate reports of the soured relationship between Nyembezi and health MEC Peggy Nkonyeni.
There were also allegations that senior managers who had been employed in the department by former MEC Zweli Mkhize were given their marching orders, allegedly by Nyembezi.
According to department sources, Nyembezi - once perceived to be Nkonyeni's confidante - is not on speaking terms with the MEC.
"Their relationship has hit rock bottom and Ndebele has been asked to intervene. The findings of the investigation have not been made available to MEC Nkonyeni.
"We know it is damning and even suggests some individuals could face criminal charges," the source said.
Yesterday director general in the premier's office Kwazi Mbanjwa, confirmed that the law firm had completed its investigation and had already handed the report to his office.
"The report is in our possession. We will call Nyembezi sometime this week to discuss the findings of the investigation. We will then inform everyone," said Mbanjwa.
"Nyembezi is on extended leave. The acting head of department Yoliswa Mbhele will continue working while we arrange to meet Nyembezi," said Mbanjwa.
Police spokesman Director Phindile Hadebe said the commercial crimes unit was currently conducting investigations into the Nyembezi matter.
"We will release information to the public after we have completed our investigations.
"We will also inform the public if we charge her or not," Hadebe said.