The Gauteng Department of Health held disciplinary hearings in connection with 111 incidents where employment was offered for sale at the Bheki Mlangeni Hospital in Soweto.
Jack Bloom, DA’s spokesperson for health in Gauteng, said the shocking announcement was made in Gauteng by Ms. Gwen Ramokgopa in response to a question Bloom had addressed to her on Tuesday.
“She [Ramokgopa] said trade unions contributed to the announcement of this job scam and that the case was handed over to the Hawks for further investigation. Cases have also been filed with police over employees who have received money under the false pretense that they can get jobs at the hospital, “Bloom said in a statement.
According to Bloom, 111 cases, with the exception of eight, have already been finalized. It resulted in 98 employees being suspended, one employer being demote, a few dismissals and a resignation.
“The situation was so bad that an assassin had been hired to kill the head of the hospital – he was caught and is currently awaiting trial,” Bloom said.
Bloom says he is worried that most employees who paid for their jobs at the hospital still work there. He said the Bheki Mlangeni Hospital had a reputation for poor service.
Bloom also argued that there were allegations last year that a senior manager offered job opportunities in exchange for sex, but Ramokgopa said nobody had yet emerged and made an official complaint about this.
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