Hospersa leaders suspended

The leadership of a major health sector trade union has been suspended after the Labour Department raised concerns over unsecured loans running into millions of rands made to their privately-owned companies.

The leadership of a major health sector trade union has been suspended after the Labour Department raised concerns over unsecured loans running into millions of rands made to their privately-owned companies.

The suspension of Health and Other Services Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) president Gavin Moultrie, general secretary Johan Steyn, assistant general secretary Dean Stopforth, vicepresident (finance) Liz Birch and Penny Bailey, personal assistant to Moultrie and Steyn, came after the Daily Dispatch was first to report last year that questions had been raised about the trade union's financial affairs.

At the time the department's registrar of labour relations Johan Crouse, queried Steyn about "unsecured loans bearing no interest with no fixed term of repayment" totalling almost R14million that had been made to certain close corporations in 2002 and 2003.

After a palace revolution last week Moultrie and his fellow office bearers now find themselves out in the cold.

Hospersa's Noel Desfonteyn confirmed the suspensions. He said vice-president Godfrey Selematsela had been appointed acting president. - DD

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