Gaut­eng ‘ ghost ’ corpse rid­dle

'R3 000 to get a job at Jobourg hos­pi­tal'

Sunday World - - Front Page - MZWANDILE kaBIZOKWAKHE

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.”

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