New Health Minister lifts suspension of HPCSA registrar
On August 5, Spotlight reported: “The already battered image of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) suffered another blow.” This follows the precautionary suspension of Health Professions Council of SA’s registrar and CEO, David Motau, by then acting Health Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi. Motau and 13 others appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrates’ Court on 304 counts ranging from contravention of the Public Finance Management Act, forgery and uttering, to fraud, corruption and money laundering.
However, on August 11, Business Day reported that newly appointed Health Minister, Joe Phaahla, has lifted the Motau’s precautionary suspension. According to Motau’s attorney, Neville Gawula, any allegations of financial irregularity at the Free State health department predated Motau’s tenure at the department by some three years.