Gauteng Health Department head, Professor Mkhululi Lukhele, has been placed on immediate precautionary suspension.
This after Lukhele allegedly failed to take responsibility in the Covid-19 related procurement.
This was brought to light after the Special Investigating Unit, in a report dated 22 September 2020, made the recommendation.
“The Special Investigating Unit found that the Head of Department failed to exercise his responsibility in the awarding of contracts to certain companies for the procurement of goods and services, in relation to government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the Premier’s Office in a statement on Wednesday.
“The actions or omission by the HoD may have resulted in the department incurring fruitless and wasteful expenditure,” said the Premier’s Office.
Lukhele will remain on precautionary suspension until the investigations have been completed by the SIU and a decision on disciplinary proceedings for misconduct has been made.