The National Health Laboratory Service’s (NHLS’s) head of procurement and its facility manager have resigned, but the state lab service is taking legal action against them following allegations of corruption and fraud. Graham Motsepe, the head of procurement, and Mthunzi Mthimkhulu, the facility manager, resigned on the eve of their disciplinary hearings. The entity, which is struggling with R5.7bn in debt owed to it by provincial health departments, has been rocked by allegations of widespread graft and maladministration that have resulted in the suspensions of CEO Joyce Mogale, chief financial officer Sikhumbuzo Zulu and senior managers, including the head of its auditing unit. The NHLS also owes creditors R900m. Acting CEO Shabir Madhi revealed on Thursday that although the procurement head and facility manager had resigned before disciplinary hearings, the NHLS would pursue criminal cases against them. The National Health, Education and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu), whose membe...

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