nhlsBusinessLive reports that the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) has fired its CEO and CFO after a disciplinary hearing found they were guilty of misconduct relating to tenders worth an estimated R200m.  

The NHLS suspended then CEO Joyce Mogale, and CFO Sikhumbuzo Zulu in February 2017, following allegations of corruption and maladministration leveled by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu).  Their disciplinary process was dogged by delays, but was finally concluded on 30 April.  On Thursday, NHLS chair Eric Buch issued a statement saying Mogale and Zulu had been charged with irregularities and failure to fulfil their duties in relation to three procurements, worth approximately R200m.  The charges related to exceeding delegations of authority, irregular payments to service providers, and irregular appointment of service providers.  The chair of the disciplinary hearing, Nazeer Cassim, concluded that both employees were guilty of misconduct and recommended their dismissal.  Buch indicated that the disciplinary process had been "marred by a series of delay tactics and legal technicalities by the suspended employees" before the new enquiry finally got under way on 29 January this year.

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