IFP Calls for Stability in the KZN Department of Health

The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal is deeply concerned about allegations of mismanagement and corruption against the HOD of Health and the suspension of the CFO and the Supply Chain Manager, as this does not augur well for the Department in 2015.

“The Department of Health has a crucial role to play in the well-being of our citizens and effective leadership and forward planning is essential for the Department to provide services effectively. It is not in the best interests of our people and the Department for the HOD, Dr Sibongile Zungu whose contract ended in August 2014 to be on a month-to-month contract. It is taking the Department too long to finalise its investigations into allegations. It is very easy for people to make allegations but they must then come up with evidence to back up those claims. This department cannot go on functioning under a cloud of uncertainty that hangs over some of its senior managers”, said IFP Spokesperson on Health, Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana,MPL.

“The Department’s CFO and the Supply Chain Manager have also been suspended since last year. These are two crucial components that must be functioning effectively for the Department to deliver services to our people. We are concerned that the supply of medical resources will suffer if the supply chain and finance components are dysfunctional. These senior officials are sitting at home earning a salary while the Department drags its heels in finalising the investigations. Dr Zungu must be given some clarity as to her contract and her future role in the Department. For the HOD of such a huge department to be in limbo is unacceptable as it stifles her forward planning and compromises quality health care in our province”, concluded Mrs Nkwanyana.

Issued by:
Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana MPL, IFP Spokesperson on Health, 084 736 5183 / 078 302 3991

For Media Enquiries:
IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675