Graft linked to theft at clinic

Sne Masuku

Sne Masuku

A senior health official has been transferred after another fraud and corruption incident rocked the KwaZulu-Natal health department.

The official's name is known to Sowetan.

Health MEC Peggy Nkonyeni has also launched an urgent investigation after eight computers containing valuable information were stolen from the Enseleni health centre on the North Coast.

The computers contained information that the public chain manager allegedly awarded tenders to a cleaning company she owns.

Recently, head of department Busi Nyembezi resigned amid allegations of fraud and corruption, and the release of a damning independent forensic report.

Nkonyeni's office said the clinic was burgled at midnight on Sunday. By late yesterday, the security company contracted by the clinic had not yet filed a written report about the burglary, suggesting "collusion of some kind".

The MEC's spokesman, Desmond Motha, said: "The burglary took place shortly after our MEC received a letter from concerned and angry residents of Enseleni accusing the clinic's public chain manager of nepotism and unfairly awarding tenders.

"We are concerned that soon after receiving the complaints about the manager, computers containing valuable information were stolen."

He said the security company is also under investigation because there were seven guards on duty, but they claim to know nothing.