The National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) has fired its CEO and CFO after a disciplinary hearing found they were guilty of misconduct relating to tenders worth an estimated R200m. The NHLS is a crucial part of the public health service, as it provides all the tests used to diagnose and monitor diseases, ranging from HIV to listeriosis. It also provides a training platform for pathologists and technicians. The NHLS suspended then CEO Joyce Mogale, and CFO Sikhumbuzo Zulu in February 2017, following allegations of corruption and maladministration leveled by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu). Their disciplinary process was dogged by delays, but was finally concluded on April 30. On Thursday, NHLS chair Eric Buch issued a statement saying Mogale and Zulu had been charged with irregularities and failure to fulfil their duties in relation to three procurements, worth approximately R200m. The charges relate to exceeding delegations of authority, irregula...

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