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By Siyabonga Mhlongo | Oct 02, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE department of health in KwaZulu-Natal has denied allegations of unfairness in its selection of candidates aspiring to study nursing.

Several hopeful candidates have complained that their applications to local nursing colleges had been rejected on the basis of "favouritism" and "corruption" or that they had been forced to pay bribes to be accepted.

Some candidates said they were forced to pay a R2000 bribe to be accepted.

Other candidates only got places because of family connections.

Andile Nyandeni claimed that she had been applying for the nursing course since 2005 after completing her matric but has had no luck.

"I applied in vain on numerous occasions when places were advertised," Gumbi said.

She said she had applied at among other places the Ngwelezane Hospital (Empangeni) and Addington Hospital (Durban).

"But I still don't have any feedback or response" from these institutions,: she said.

Another aspiring candidate, Cabangani Ntombela, said she too had been trying in vain to secure a place at a nursing school since 2006.

"I know for certain that there are those with connections who have enrolled at the schools in the blink of an eye," she said.

But the department of health dismissed the allegations as false.

"Given the high need and very limited vacancies it must expected that people will make up stories alleging corruption, favouritism and collusion," said spokesperson Chris Maxon.


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