Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has welcomed a report that the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and its Registrar and CEO, Buyiswa Mjamba-Matshoba, have reached a mutual agreement to part ways with effect from 30 April 30 2016.

The settlement follows a report by the Ministerial Task Team, led by the Head of Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town and Chairperson of the National Health Research Committee, Professor Bongani Mayosi, which found that Mjamba-Matshoba, COO and Head of Legal Services, were unfit for their jobs and recommended that “appropriate disciplinary and incapacity proceedings” against them be instituted along with possible suspension pending the completion of these proceedings.

The task team found Mjamba-Matshoba to display a lack of leadership and substandard work.

The investigation was launched in March 2015 by the Health Minister following complaints in more than 30 anonymous letters that had been submitted to the office of the HPCSA’s president between November 2014 and January 2015. The letters alleged maladministration and improper eHealth procurement procedures at the HPCSA.

The report also revealed that the HPCSA was “in a state of multi-system organisational dysfunction” which resulted in the failure of the council to function effectively.

The task team made a range of recommendations to ensure that the HPCSA is restored as a competent regulatory body and to ensure that it is effective and efficient in the registration of health professionals and the protection of the public.

The HPCSA will continue to follow its internal processes to address the rest of the findings reported by the task team.

The process of finding the replacement to fill the vacant post of Registrar and CEO of the HPCSA will commence in due course.

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