Union PSA welcomes axing of ‘incompetent’ Sindiswa Gomba as EC health MEC

Former Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba.

  • The PSA has come out in favour of the axing of former Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba.
  • Gomba was fired amid fraud allegations stemming from the funeral of Nelson Mandela and an SIU report into the acquisition of scooter ambulances.
  • The organisation mentioned to maintain Gomba within the position would have despatched the incorrect message to the general public.

The Public Servants’ Association (PSA) has welcomed the dismissal of former Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba.

The union mentioned maintaining her within the position would have set a precedent “that stealing from a public purse is acceptable (sic)”.

Gomba was sacked by Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane after she was implicated by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) within the awarding of a R10 million tender to a company for the acquisition of the notorious scooter ambulances, as properly as alleged fraud round former president Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

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Her dismissal would enable her time to give attention to her Mandela funeral fraud case, Mabuyane mentioned on the time.

Public belief

The PSA mentioned the health division below her management had “failed to deliver on its mission to provide and ensure accessible, comprehensive and integrated services in the Eastern Cape”.

“Her incompetence is well documented, including the R10 million scooter ambulance tender scandal, which was discontinued after a public outcry. She was further found wanting in the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic,” the PSA mentioned in an announcement.

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“Although the allegations are not related to her current role as the MEC, those in public leadership positions must be beyond reproach to espouse public trust. Corruption is like cancer that is destroying the public service hence it must be treated with the seriousness it deserves.”

The union added that the attendance of courtroom proceedings would have divided Gomba’s consideration and added to the various challenges going through the division.

“Allowing the MEC to continue in her role would have sent wrong message to the public and set a wrong precedent that stealing from a public purse is acceptable (sic),” the assertion mentioned.

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Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Xolile Nqatha has been appointed as performing health MEC till a everlasting appointment may be made.

Gomba has retained her position within the Eastern Cape Legislature.

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