Sowetan02 September 2003
Mpumalanga Health Scandal Prompts Cabinet Reshuffle
Mpumalanga reshuffled its cabinet in a desperate damage control exercise after three damning corruption reports leaked to the media. The forensic reports, which have been suppressed since February, detail massive fraud and nepotism within the province's HIV/Aids programmes, hospital tender processes, and daily management of the health department. The Mpumalanga premier, Ndaweni Mahlangu made headlines this week after reshuffling his cabinet to rectify “instances of mismanagement” and “alleged wrongdoing” discovered by a series of forensic audits. Among those reshuffled were former provincial minister of health Sibongile Manana, who was made provincial minister of sports, recreation, arts and culture. Forensic audits found evidence that Manana and Rena Charles, her director general, had presided over a department where there were many abuses designed to profit relatives and close associates.
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