Public health experts who work part time for the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority

(SAHPRA) are encrypting their reports to force the agency to pay them before it can access their work,” reported Sunday Times (10 October 2021).

The experts said they had heard of colleagues quitting, while others were password-protecting their work until SAHPRA paid them. According to SAHPRA there had been “technical glitches” with the new payroll system, however, they are addressing the matter.

In a letter to external experts on September 17, SAHPRA CEO Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela apologised for missed payments.

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