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Task team finds irregular spending at HPCSA

Aaron Motsoaledi received 30 anonymous complaints from staff.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A ministerial task team appointed to probe the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has found evidence of irregular, wasteful expenditure and maladministration implicating the CEO and COO.

A probe was established in March after health minister Aaron Motsoaledi received 30 anonymous complaints from staff including universities and doctors.

At the heart of the irregularities is a R30 million tender apparently awarded irregularly by the CEO.

Motsoaledi says although the task team has recommended that the CEO and COO be suspended pending a disciplinary hearing, it's up to the HPCSA to decide which recommendations they are willing to implement as it's an independent body.

The minister says the CEO, COO and general manager in the legal services at the HPCSA refused to be interviewed by the task team during the investigation.

The task team suggests an interim executive team be established.

But Motsoaledi says he will first meet with the council next week to determine how they will co-operate.

The HPCSA has been given a week by the health department to study the findings.

The minister says although he is concerned about the allegations, he wants to engage with the council first to determine how long it will take to address all the issues raised.

Although recommendations have been made to take drastic steps against management, Motsoaledi says it's up to the HPCSA to determine what will happen with management, as it's an independent body.