By Dr Imran Keeka, MPL, DA KZN Spokesperson on Health:
The DA in KwaZulu-Natal will refer the matter of the allegedly illegal appointment of Ndoda Biyela as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the province’s Health Department to the Public Protector for investigation.
The move follows continued uncertainty over whether Biyela has been appointed to the position or not, concern over his track record as a previous CFO within the Gauteng Health department and allegations that he was illegally appointed by former KZN Health HOD, Dr Sibongile Zungu.
The claims and counter-claims over the last few weeks have done nothing but add to the uncertainty and instability that already exists within this vital service delivery department.
Last week the DA tabled a motion in the KZN legislature calling on KZN Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo and Premier, Senzo Mchunu to provide clarity surrounding these issues.
A 4 May parliamentary reply to questions posed by the DA has now confirmed that the department “is currently going through a process of withdrawing the offer of employment to Mr Biyela”.
It also states that no other candidates were short-listed for the position “as Mr Biyela’s appointment was regarded as a lateral transfer at the time”.
Sources confirm that Mr Biyela is presenting himself for work. This is spite of an earlier statement by the MEC that he would not be allowed to set foot in the department’s office.
Current circumstances within the KZN Health department raise serious questions around the MEC’s ability to run his own department.
The department is presently functioning under an Acting HOD following the recent dismissal of Dr Zungu. And now the CFO’s position is in serious doubt.
The DA will submit further questions regarding this matter.
If the MEC is not able to provide adequate leadership then the Premier must intervene as the head of government in order to bring some stability and sanity to this department.
While the ANC continues to scramble with the errors of a failing cadre deployment system, the DA as well as the public needs answers.
We look forward to confirmation from the Public Protector that this matter will be investigated without delay.