Dr Nicholas Crisp has been appointed acting Director-General of Health, only a day after rumours started to surface that the DG, Dr Sandile
Buthelezi could be suspended pending disciplinary inquiries related to the
Digital Vibes scandal.
Dr Crisp is currently the Health Department’s deputy
director-general for National Health Insurance but has recently been heavily
involved in the country’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout with questions being asked
about the absence of long-time Deputy-General, Dr Anban Pillay.
Last week, Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla told journalists that
Dr Pillay was still an employee of the department after he was asked about
allegations that the Deputy DG was also involved in corruption relating to the
multi-million-rand Digital Vibes communication contract.
On Wednesday, the head of the Special Investigating Unit, Andy Mothibi,
told Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts
(Scopa) that seven officials from the Department of Health, among them
senior officials, could face charges relating to the Digital Vibes contract.
According to Mothibi, they could be charged for
non-compliance to supply chain management processes and contravening the Public
Finance Management Act (PFMA).