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Joe Phaahla places HPCSA CEO on suspension again

The Minister of Health Joe Phaahla suspended the position of Dr. David Motau, Executive Director and Registrar of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) for the second time because he did not disclose his involvement in a criminal investigation when he applied for the position.


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In a letter to Motau, Phaahla stated that he had consulted with the council and decided to suspend the meeting after the meeting. The letter read: "Except for the criminal charges brought by the state government against you, you have not... announced that the South Australian Police Department is conducting a criminal investigation against you, which should have been carried out." Motau was accused of violating the Public Finance Management Act. When he appeared in the Bloemfontein Trial Court this month, he was released on bail of R5,000. Phaahla told Motau in the letter that when he faced 44 charges, it was impossible for the latter to be unaware of the criminal investigation against him.


Phaahla said in the letter: "It is important to note that some of the people charged under the accusation form are the ones who reported him or were under his supervision in the Free State Health Department." South Africa Health Minister Joe Phaahla once again suspends HPCSA CEO's position Norma Ruby Sonia reporter August 26, 2021 at 2:55 pm The Minister of Health, Dr. Joe Phaahla, has suspended HPCSA's CEO and Registrar, Dr. David Motau. File photo. The Minister of Health, Dr. Joe Phaahla, has suspended the Executive Director and Registrar of HPCSA, Dr. David Motau.

Health Minister Joe Phaahla suspended for the second time Dr David Motau, Executive Director and Registrar of the Health Professions Council of South Australia (HPCSA); he allegedly did not disclose his involvement in a criminal investigation when he applied. for the position. Phaahla stated in a letter to Motau that he had negotiated with the council and decided to suspend his post after the meeting. "Except for the criminal charges brought by the state against you, you have not ... When this should have been done, it was announced that the South Australian Police Department was conducting a criminal investigation on you," the letter read. Motau was accused of violating the Public Finance Management Act.

When he appeared in the Bloemfontein Trial Court this month, he was released on bail of R5,000. Phaahla told Motau in the letter that when he faced 44 charges, it was impossible for the latter to be unaware of the criminal investigation against him. Phaahla said in the letter: "It is important to note that some of the people charged under the accusation form are the ones who reported to him in the Free State Health Department or were under his supervision." advertise

The reason for the suspension is not given in the law. They were taken away for other ulterior purposes. Motau's lawyer Neville Gawula He said that Motau's allegation in his statement to the minister that he was not aware of a criminal investigation was inconsistent with the fact that he was listed as the first defendant in the case. Phaahla said: \u201cTherefore, he did not notify the committee when he applied for the CEO\/registrar position based on what I said above, which resulted in me putting him on pre-trial suspension after consulting with the committee.Motau's lawyer Neville Gawula said he had received instructions to challenge the suspension.

"The reason for the suspension is not found in the law. They were withdrawn for other ulterior purposes. The reason focused on a question: Did Dr. Motau know that he was being investigated when he was the head of the Department of Free State? Health? " Gawula said Motau contacted the Eagles and the provincial Treasury Department two years after joining the Free State Department of Health. "The officials involved in the case have been identified. At no time were our clients not involved. We only learned of his involvement when our client received a call from the police on July 31st and informed him that an arrest warrant had been issued against him. Gawula said: "In an interview for the CEO\/Registrar position, you cannot reveal that you participated or participated in a criminal investigation." He said the minister did not consider Motao's statement on the reasons why he should not be suspended. "We will go to court urgently to challenge this decision. We will ask the court to overturn the minister's decision on legality," Gawula said.

HPCSA stated that Motau's suspension was to maintain the integrity of the committee while conducting the investigations. South Africa Health Minister Joe Phaahla suspends HPCSA CEO again Norma Ruby Sonia reporter August 26, 2021 2:55 PM The Minister of Health, Dr. Joe Phaahla, has suspended the Executive Director and Registrar of HPCSA, Dr. David Motau. File photo. The Minister of Health, Dr. Joe Phaahla, has suspended the Executive Director and Registrar of HPCSA, Dr. David Motau. File photo. Image: Freddie Mavinda Health Minister Joe Phaahla suspended for the second time Dr David Motau, Executive Director and Registrar of the Health Professions Council of South Australia (HPCSA); he allegedly did not disclose his involvement in a criminal investigation when he applied. for the position. Phaahla stated in a letter to Motau that he had negotiated with the council and decided to suspend his post after the meeting. The letter read: "Except for the criminal charges brought by the state government against you, you have not ... made it clear that the South Australian Police Department is conducting criminal investigations against you and that you should do so."

Motau was accused of violating the Public Finance Management Law. When he appeared in Bloemfontein District Court this month, he was released on bail of 5,000 rand. Phaahla told Motau in the letter that when he faced 44 charges, it was impossible for the latter to be unaware of the criminal investigation against him. Phaahla said in the letter: "It is important to emphasize that some of the defendants in the indictment form are the ones who have informed you or are under the supervision of your Free State Department of Health." announce The reason for the suspension is not given in the law. They were taken for other ulterior purposes. Motau's lawyer Neville Gawula He said that Motau's allegation in his statement to the minister that he was not aware of a criminal investigation was inconsistent with the fact that he was listed as the first defendant in the case. Phaahla said: "Therefore, he did not notify the committee when he applied for the CEO/registrar position based on what I said above, which resulted in me putting him on pre-trial suspension after consulting with the committee. Motau's lawyer Neville Gawula said he had received instructions to challenge the suspension. "The reason for the suspension is not given in the law. They were taken away for other ulterior purposes.

The reason centers on one question: Did Dr. Motau know that he was being investigated when he was the head of the Free State Department of Health? " Gawula said Motau contacted the Eagles and the provincial Treasury Department two years after joining the Free State Department of Health. "The official involved in the case has been identified.

At no time was our client involved. When our client received a call from the police on July 31 to inform him that an arrest warrant had been issued against him, we learned that he was involved. Gawula said: "It is impossible for him to reveal that he was implicated or involved in a criminal investigation when he was interviewed for the position of chief executive officer / registrar." He said the minister did not consider Motau's statement on why it should not be suspended. "We will go to court urgently to challenge this decision. We will ask the court to set aside the minister's decision on legality," Gawula said. HPCSA stated that Motau's suspension was to maintain the integrity of the committee while conducting the investigations. announce "The board of directors will handle this matter with the necessary care, prudence and due diligence. HPCSA said in a statement that once the findings and recommendations are finalized, the council will consider them and make a final decision on the way forward. Professor Simon Nemutandani, President of HPCSA, said: "The Board of Directors and the management team continue to work to ensure business continuity, which provides the foundation for the organization's continued performance."


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