Almost a year after the National Health Laboratory Service’s (NHLS’s) board suspended its top executives for alleged corruption and maladministration, it has only just begun getting its teeth into the meat of the disciplinary action it brought against them. CEO Joyce Mogale and chief financial officer Sikhumbuzo Zulu were suspended at the end of February 2017, following a forensic investigation ordered by the board after National Health‚ Education and Allied Workers Union alleged corruption and maladministration. The board also suspended the NHLS’s head of internal audit, its supply chain manager and its facilities manager. The latter two resigned in the face of their disciplinary charges. NHLS board chairman Eric Buch said that after numerous technical and procedural delays, the disciplinary hearing for Mogale and Zulu had got under way in earnest on Tuesday. Further dates for the hearing had been set for later in February and in March. It was not unusual for disciplinary processes...

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