Med­i­cal coun­cil praises ax­ing of scheme cu­ra­tor

High court or­ders re­moval af­ter com­plaints

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THE Coun­cil for Med­i­cal Schemes (CMS) has hailed the de­ci­sion to re­move South African Mu­nic­i­pal Work­ers’ Union Med­i­cal Aid Scheme (Samwumed) pro­vi­sional cu­ra­tor Duduza Khosana.

This fol­lowed an ur­gent ap­pli­ca­tion in the Western Cape High Court from two par­ties seek­ing her re­moval.

Khosana was a court-ap­pointed cu­ra­tor meant to han­dle and re­store the af­fairs of the med­i­cal scheme.

The ap­pli­ca­tions came on the heels of al­le­ga­tions re­ceived by CMS re­gard­ing Khosana’s con­duct, which ranged from pay­ing her­self an ex­or­bi­tant salary to purg­ing ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers of the scheme and fail­ing to ex­e­cute her du­ties. The high court has ap­pointed Joe Se­oloane as pro­vi­sional cu­ra­tor.

CMS act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive and reg­is­trar Sipho Ka­bane said: “We are pleased with the out­come of the court process on this mat­ter and would like to as­sure mem­bers of med­i­cal schemes that the CMS re­mains com­mit­ted to ex­er­cis­ing the statu­tory af­fairs of the schemes.”

Ka­bane said the judg­ment favoured the mem­bers and the scheme.

Ac­cord­ing to the court doc­u­ments, Samwumed holds in ex­cess of R1.2 bil­lion in its cof­fers, with about R1 bil­lion in re­serve and an es­ti­mated mem­ber­ship of more than 80 000.

Samwumed was placed un­der tem­po­rary cu­ra­tor­ship in May by act­ing Judge Pearl An­drews af­ter the CMS ap­proached the court with con­cerns about its man­age­ment.

Two months into her role Ka­bane, who had rec­om­mended Khosana, penned a let­ter ask­ing her to re­sign.

The court said its de­ci­sion would not af­fect the ap­point­ment of a per­ma­nent cu­ra­tor on Oc­to­ber 25.

In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with the Cape Times, Khosana said she would ap­peal the court’s de­ci­sion.

An­dre Maxwell, former deputy chair­per­son of the trus­tees, filed an ap­pli­ca­tion ask­ing the court to re­move Khosana based on her chang­ing the ben­e­fit struc­ture, ex­or­bi­tant salary, ex­penses and the mis­treat­ment of staff.

Khosana is con­tracted to re­ceive re­mu­ner­a­tion of R234 000 plus ex­penses, which Maxwell ar­gues stood at R150 000 and Khosana main­tains stood at R100 000.

The court said it came down to Khosana not putting in mo­tion any pro­ce­dures to ap­point a new board of trus­tees, in­clud­ing call­ing a gen­eral meet­ing. It granted Maxwell’s ap­pli­ca­tion for Khosana’s re­moval as it did not prej­u­dice the party or her.

Khosana said the judg­ment was not based on fac­tual in­for­ma­tion but al­le­ga­tions of dis­grun­tled in­di­vid­u­als.

The Demo­cratic Mu­nic­i­pal and Al­lied Work­ers’ Union of South Africa, whose mem­bers be­longed to the scheme, said it was dis­ap­pointed in the judge­ment.

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