20 January 2019


Health HOD to face the music over Mediosa contract 

by: SAnews.gov.za   date: 04 May 2018

The suspended head of the North West Health Department, Thabo Lekalakala, will be taken through disciplinary proceedings, according to recommendations in a report that looked into the procurement of medical mobile units from Mediosa.

Lekalakala - along with other implicated officials - face disciplinary procedures following the conclusion of a forensic investigation instituted by the province’s Premier, Supra Mahumapelo, into the Mediosa contract with the Department of Health.

“The forensic report, which has found some irregularities, was handed over to the Health MEC, Dr Magome Masike, for implementation of the recommendations. The report recommends disciplinary proceedings against the Head of Department and other implicated officials,” read a statement issued by Office of the Premier last week.

Despite signing for Lekalakala to undertake a trip to India shortly after the procurement of the ambulances, Premier Mahumapelo called for a probe into the contract.

The Premier’s office confirmed in February that Mahumapelo  signed permission for the trip in principle, after the MEC’s recommendation. In this case, MEC Masike had recommended that the Premier grant permission.

In March, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, called for the Mediosa contract to be cancelled, saying it was a service that was not needed in South Africa.

Minister Motsoaledi described the mobile clinic as “an ATM” for the Gupta family, who were said to have had a hand in the procurement of the mobile clinic. While affected officials are yet to be informed, the provincial government has referred all matters relating to the report to the Health MEC.

“In view of the fact that the affected officials have not been informed of the outcomes yet, accordingly all matters relating to the report should be referred to the MEC for Health through the Head of Communication in the Department of Health,” said Office of the Premier.