The Council of Medical Schemes has reinstated its head of legal services, Craig Burton-Durham after he was suspended with four other senior officials last year. The CMS announced in September last year that it was placing two executives and three senior managers on precautionary suspension with full pay pending the outcome of an investigation into alleged irregularities, including corruption and unethical conduct reported by whistle-blowers.
An internal investigation has cleared Burton-Durham and he is back at work. However, it will only be for two months as he is among a group of six senior staff who were notified shortly in December that their contracts won’t be renewed after the end of next month. Burton-Durham is however challenging the non-renewal of his contract at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).
Business Day reports that Burton-Durham was notified last week that his suspension had been lifted after the probe found no grounds that he had breached the regulator’s processes and procedures.
Allegations against the suspended officials included irregular placement of schemes under curatorship, irregular appointments of service providers, irregular spending on service providers with close relationship, having personal lifestyles not matched by salaries; having a close and corrupt relationship with entities regulated by the CMS; breach of PFMA in respect of cover quoting and collusion in the appointment of service providers.
According to CMS registrar and CEO, Dr Sipho Kabane the Special Investigating Unit was still looking into alleged maladministration and corruption at the CMS.