Accused of misspending, Mpum health director claims he was unlawfully fired
Former deputy director-general of finance is now launching an appeal against the labour court ruling
A former deputy director-general at the Mpumalanga Health Department who claimed he was unfairly dismissed for authorising irregular expenditure has lost his labour court bid to be reinstated.
Victor Makhubedu, former deputy director-general of finance, took the department to the labour court in Johannesburg in 2017 to try to overturn its decision to let him go, but has now been told that his dismissal was fair.
In 2015, City Press reported how the department had spent R7m trying to fire three top officials, Makhubedu included. Makhubedu and two others were initially suspended in 2014 on accusations that they had caused the department to overspend by R57m, and during their suspension still received their salaries – approximately R3m for the year...