The suspended head of investigations at the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) is facing new allegations that he facilitated the curatorship of a municipal workers medical scheme to further his own interests. Stephen Mmatli, who was suspended in early February pending the outcome of an inquiry into alleged corruption and misconduct, has been accused by the former deputy chair of the SA Municipal Workers Union National Medical Scheme (Samwumed), André Maxwell, of using his influence at the CMS “to set in motion a series of staged events to bring down the scheme, its board and key officials”. Samwumed was placed under provisional curatorship in May 2018 because its board was dysfunctional. It was then embroiled in a series of legal battles that ultimately saw the removal of provisional curator Duduza Khosana and the appointment of curator Joe Seloane in October. Maxwell and several other former trustees had asked the Cape Town High Court to remove Khoza, arguing that her decisions were...

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