The African National Congress in North West welcomed the suspension of the head of department of health, Dr Thabo Lekalakala, the party said on Friday.
The party also urged the province’s premier Supra Mahumapelo to speed up forensic investigations into the allegations of financial irregularities in the department.
Mahumapelo suspended Lekalakala on Thursday after the release of a preliminary report into allegations of impropriety against Lekalakala in the warding of a department of health contract to Mediosa, which is linked to the controversial Gupta family.
ANC spokesperson in the province Gerald Modise said while the party was progress in the Mediosa probe, Mahumapelo should ensure that disciplinary proceedings began and were fast tracked to bring stability to the health department.
Members of the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) have been on strike since February 26, demanding the dismissal of Lekalakala, the termination of contracts for companies issued by the department, a bonus payment of five percent for all employees in the department, among others.
The strike has paralysed health services in the provincial capital Mahikeng, igniting mass protests after two people died at Motshioa Stad clinic on Tuesday.
Protesters in Mahikeng and surrounding villages have called on Mahumapelo to resign, accusing him of corruption.
– African News Agency (ANA)