Head of the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Health (DoH), Dr Sibongile Zungu, is under investigation over allegations of mismanagement and corruption.

On January 7th the head of provincial government communications, Thami Ngwenya, said that the investigation aims to clarify the allegations. “The inquiry should not deteriorate into trial of Dr Zungu via the media. For now we ask everybody to allow the process to proceed in a fair and just manner.”

Ngwenya added that the outcome of the inquiry, which was set up last year and is headed by Professor Fikile Ndaki and assisted by Mimie Memka, would be made public.

The National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) has repeatedly called for the resignation of Dr Zungu over alleged wasteful expenditure, maladministration and corruption under her leadership.

Dr Zungu was appointed Head of the KZN DoH in August 2009 with her five year contract ending in August 2014. However, as a replacement has still not been found her contract has been renewed on a monthly basis.

During an interview with Daily News last year, NEHAWU ‘s provincial chairwoman, Thobile Nkosi, said that Dr Zungu was “interfering” with procurement processes and claimed the department’s Chief Financial Officer, Mashaka Ravhura, was suspended because he refused to approve unlawful and corrupt activities, including the suspension of the supply chain manager, Andile Zondo.

Ravhura and Zondo were suspended late last year after allegations of corruption surfaced. Both are currently still suspended and the outcome of the investigations into the allegations has not been revealed.

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