Tebogo Msimanga |
The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) in the Eastern Cape is calling on the Premier Oscar Mabuyane, to relieve the MEC for Health, Sindiswa Gomba, of her duties after she was charged with fraud, money laundering, contravening of the Municipality Finance Management Act and corruption.
The MEC and 11 accused have been implicated in the misappropriation of funds meant for the memorial service of former President Nelson Mandela. They appeared in East London Magistrate Court on Friday 12 February 2021 and they are out on bail. The case was postponed to 5 March 2021.
NEHAWU Eastern Cape Provincial Secretary Miki Jaceni said they strongly believe that the MEC should be relieved of her duties with immediate effect.
“The people of the Eastern Cape cannot have an MEC who is facing such heavy charges while she is also expected to lead the provincial Department of Health especially at a time when we are faced with the COVID-19 pandemic which requires all hands on deck to decisively defeat.” Said Jaceni.
Jaceni added that Premier Mabuyane has an opportunity to demonstrate that “misappropriation of public funds will not be tolerated and that those found to be on the wrong side of the law will not be treated with kids gloves”.