The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) in 2018 inexplicably terminated a two-year investigation into allegations of trustee election fraud, improper contracts and conflicts of interest at Bonitas Medical Fund, SA’s second-largest open medical scheme. The CMS initiated the investigation, which is called an “inspection” in terms of the Medical Schemes Act, into Bonitas in November 2014. Bonitas then launched legal action opposing the inspection that went as far as the Supreme Court of Appeal. The inspection eventually got under way in late 2016, before being halted. Business Day has seen a draft inspection report into the affairs of Bonitas, compiled by independent investigator Dennis Mayaba. He was prematurely pulled from the job. Bonitas last week threatened to interdict Business Day from publishing aspects of the draft inspection report. The newspaper has agreed not to publish allegations levelled against Bonitas at this stage, as it is incomplete, by the inspector’s admission. Howe...

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