Investigate jobs-for-pals scheme in hospitals: DA

James Masango MPL

Provincial Chief Whip of the Official Opposition

Mpumalanga’s health MEC Candith Mashego-Dlamini must investigate allegations of nepotism and patronage in the appointment of general workers and cleaning staff at provincial hospitals.

This follows reports of such occurring at the Barberton, Rob Ferreira and Tonga hospitals, where people related to health officials and local ANC members are appointed without adhering to the necessary recruitment processes.

The DA has for some months been aware of rumours of jobs being dished out to loyal party members, which entrench the notion of the ANC’s jobs-for-pals practice.

These allegations need to be investigated by MEC Mashego-Dlamini, and the DA welcomes her spokesperson’s remarks that the department would do so. However, the DA believes that the Public Service Commission (PSC) needs to be part of the probe so as to ensure that no evidence is tampered with and that the truth shall prevail.

We would therefore write to the PSC requesting it to investigate the allegations, and to make a finding.

All work-seekers need to be accorded the same opportunities to aplly for and interview for government sector jobs, irrespective of their race, socio-economic standing or political affiliation.