The Gauteng Department of Health (DoH) has suspended its Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Ndoda Biyela, pending an internal investigation following alleged tender irregularities.

Ndoda was appointed as CFO in September 2012 after serving a period as acting Head of the Gauteng DoH.

According to the Department’s Communications Head, Prince Hamnca, Biyela was suspended following allegations of irregularities relating to procurement processes in the Department. “An investigation is underway to test the veracity of the allegations,” said Hamnca.

According to Hamnca, Biyela has been suspended with full pay, pending the outcome of this process.

Hamnca went on to say that an acting CFO, George Mahlangu, has been appointed as the interim replacement. “Mr Mahlangu is the CFO at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital,” said Hamnca.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng has expressed concern over the suspension of Biyela. “I am greatly disappointed that yet another senior official faces serious disciplinary action. This Department has suffered from a high turnover of top officials who have left under a cloud,” said DA MPL, Jack Bloom.

Bloom speculated the suspension could be related to a linen contract reportedly awarded in May last year to Emperor Commodities for R5.1 million without going to tender. “Biyela reportedly wrote in an addendum that tender requirements were waived because of the urgency to procure linen for the Jabulani and New Natalspruit hospitals,” Bloom said.

This is the second tender corruption charge the Gauteng DoH has faced in recent months. In July the Gauteng DoH was accused of tender corruption allegations with Baoki Consortium going back to 2009.

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