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‘Marikana delayed hospital CEO appointments’

Gauteng Health MEC Hope Papo said the appointing of new hospital CEOs was delayed by the Marikana shooting.

Gauteng Health MEC Hope Papo. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Health Department on Wednesday said the process of appointing new CEOs at hospitals across the province was delayed by the shooting at Lonmin's Marikana mine.

Health MEC Hope Papo was fielding questions in the Gauteng Legislature about the state of hospitals.

He was asked to provide an update, specifically on the situation at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

Papo said the process of shortlisting candidates will be rescheduled.

"Shortlisting was scheduled for the August 17, but that was disrupted by the Marikana shooting. The department got involved [in the issue] through the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court in forensic work and autopsies."

The MEC was referring to the police shooting which killed 34 striking miners.

Papo would not be drawn in on whether current CEOs, who are not medical doctors, applied to keep their jobs.

But he did speak about plans to deal with equipment problems at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital.