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psaNews24 reports that the Public Servants Association (PSA) has welcomed the dismissal of former Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba.

The union said keeping her in the position would have set a precedent "that stealing from a public purse is acceptable (sic)". Gomba was sacked by Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane after she was implicated by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) in the awarding of a R10 million tender to a company for the acquisition of the infamous scooter ambulances, as well as alleged fraud around former president Nelson Mandela's funeral. The PSA said the health department under her leadership had "failed to deliver on its mission to provide and ensure accessible, comprehensive and integrated services in the Eastern Cape". The union added in a statement: "Her incompetence is well documented, including the R10 million scooter ambulance tender scandal, which was discontinued after a public outcry. She was further found wanting in the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic." The union argued that the attendance at court proceedings would have divided Gomba's attention and added to the many challenges facing the department. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Xolile Nqatha has been appointed as acting health MEC until a permanent appointment can be made. Gomba has retained her role in the Eastern Cape Legislature.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Nicole McCain at News24
  • Read too, Gomba refused to resign before axing, at City Press (paywall access only)


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