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northwestprovinceNews24 reports that less than a week after the North West head of health (HOD) returned to office after arbitration nullified his special leave, Dr Andrew Thabo Lekalakala was placed on precautionary suspension.  

Former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo suspended Lekalakala in April over a contract given to Gupta-linked healthcare company Mediosa, which was allegedly awarded a R30m, three-year contract by the health department without it going out to tender.  Provincial health spokesperson Tebogo Lekgethwane said after the CCMA nullified Lekalakala's special leave, the HOD returned to work last Monday.  He was given notice of his precautionary suspension two days later.  “The precautionary suspension is based on the nature and seriousness of allegations levelled against him as well as the ongoing disciplinary hearing which is scheduled for 11 and 12 December,” Lekgethwane indicated.  The suspension of Lekalakala had been one of the key demands of staff in the department following the allegations.  After they were informed of his return to work, they responded by not reporting for duty.

  • Read the full original report by Tammy Petersen at News24

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