Gauteng ‘ ghost ’ corpse riddle
'R3 000 to get a job at Jobourg hospital'
MORE claims of a booming corpse trade as well as paying for jobs and fraud at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital have surfaced. These include: Orders for the burial of nonexistent corpses.
Prospective employees forced to pay R3 000 for jobs at the hospital.
R250 000 paid for furniture that was never delivered.
Staff, who spoke to Sunday World on condition of anonymity, say they complained to hospital management in 2011 after discovering a bill for furniture worth more than R250 000 had been paid but never delivered.
“We also reported that mortuary manager Thoko Tshabalala was giving undertakers orders for burials of nonexistent corpses.”
The sources accused Tshabalala and a former human resources manager of selling jobs at the public hospital for R3 000.
Tshabalala denied any involvement in the burial scam or selling of jobs, but admitted she was suspended in relation to the burial scam.
“To date, two months later, I am yet to be charged,” she said. “When I arrived at the hospital, I stopped a lot of corruption, so I made a lot of enemies. If anyone says I sold jobs, they must bring proof.”
She admitted to signing for the furniture. “It was for R129 000. A few days after it was delivered, it was taken by people who said it had to be barcoded. I know who took (it).”
The human resources manager could not be reached for comment, but Gauteng Health Department spokesman Simon Zwane confirmed she was suspended and then resigned.
The latest shenanigans have surfaced after Health MEC Hope Papo replied to a question from the DA ’ s Jack Bloom that 18 indigent babies and 14 adults had been buried in January this year.
But in January Soko Funeral Parlour invoiced the hospital for 54 babies and 15 adults.
Funeral parlour owner Themba Soko said: “That was the first time I had been engaged by the hospital. Their regular supplier was refusing to take more orders because of nonpayment. So, yes, I have no contract and my understanding is they called me because they needed help.”
Bloom said: “Something is wrong here. In his answers, the MEC said only 18 indigent babies and 14 adults had been buried in January. He also said Soko had not done any work for the hospital, yet I have the invoice.
“I am glad the MEC has committed to investigating the matter.”