By Thys Khiba
Bloemfontein – The former head of the Free State Health Department and Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)’s CEO and registrar David Motau is placed on precautionary suspension pending an investigation into allegations of misconduct.
Motau is accused of fraud and corruption when he was the head of the Free State Health Department.
Health Minister Joe Phaahla is expected to appoint appoint an acting registrar and CEO soon after placing Motau on precautionary suspension pending an investigation.
Earlier August, the former acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi placed Motau on precautionary suspension as he was facing arrest. But shortly after his appointment, Phaahla withdrew Kubayi’s decision and lifted his suspension.
Motau was arrested earlier this month and appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court alongside several co-accused, who face over 300 charges. He was charged with the contravention of the Public Finance Management Act.
According Motau says there are no reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution against him, and will plead not guilty.
“On Friday July 30 2021, to our client’s surprise, he was contacted by the relevant officer of the provincial commercial crimes unit, Bloemfontein, who informed him that a warrant of arrest had been issued and instructed him to present himself at the relevant court by no later than Monday August 2 2021,” the lawyers said.
Motau is currently released on a bail of R5,000. @fscentralnews
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