The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Gauteng welcomes the placement on special leave of absence of the MEC of Health in the province, Dr Bandile Masuku, pending an investigation into procurement of PPE contracts related to management of COVID-19 in the province.
We hope this decision will add credibility to the processs given that the person concerned is not in his position while the investigation is ongoing and will not influence the outcome of the investigation.
As a trade union, we are particularly happy that this decision is in principle in line with resolution 1 of 2003 of PSCBC on the management of disciplinary processes that is applicable to officials. It is encouraging that the same principles are applied even to a politician.
We hope the investigation can be expedited so that any wrongdoing will be punished and those responsible be held accountable so that services to the community members is not hindered or interrupted in any negative way and we can all move on and focus on the covid 19 war.