Gauteng Suspended mortuary doctor paid R1,5m

By: Jack Bloom MPL DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health A doctor who has been charged with stealing body parts from the Diepkloof mortuary in Soweto has been paid R1.54 million since he was suspended on full pay in November 2013. This is revealed by Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu in a written reply to my questions in the Gauteng Legislature. According to Mahlangu, the delay was because “there has been a change of representation from both the employee and employer parties”, and the disciplinary hearing against Dr James Mwesigwa is scheduled to continue on 20 April. Dr Mwesigwa was suspended after he was accused of taking the brains and heart of a dead woman out of the mortuary in a bucket, and a criminal charge was laid with the police. In March this year doctors ceased work at the mortuary in protest when he was temporarily reinstated. Another discipline disaster at the Diepkloof mortuary is that the manager, Ms L Malatsi, is amazingly still at her job despite being found guilty of dishonesty in misusing a state vehicle. Her disciplinary process has dragged on for four years as the incident for which she was charged took place on 26 and 28 April 2011. She appealed against her dismissal, and was reinstated because the appeal was not heard within the required 30 days. There is much unhappiness at the Diepkloof mortuary amongst staff who suspect that the disciplinary delays are due to the political connections of Dr Mwesigwa and Ms Malatsi. This is a highly unsatisfactory situation that must be resolved as soon as possible. [end] ##################################################################################### Scanned by MailMarshal – M86 Security’s comprehensive email content security solution. Download a free evaluation of MailMarshal at www.m86security.com #####################################################################################