The South African Medical Association (SAMA) says it is aware of allegations of maladministration and financial irregularities involving the President of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), Prof Mbulaheni Nemutandani (pictured above).

Among the allegations is that Prof Nemutandani claimed for various expenses from the HPCSA, despite written directives from the Minister of Health prohibiting him from making such expense claims.

“At the moment the allegations remain exactly that and are untested. We cannot comment on allegations as this would be unfair on Prof Nemutandani in particular, and the HPSCA in general. However, we believe the allegations are serious and, if true, would amount to significant graft within the HPCSA. For everyone’s benefit, these allegations must be thoroughly investigated to determine their veracity,” says Dr Angelique Coetzee, Chairperson of SAMA.

Dr Coetzee says until an investigative process has been finalised, SAMA will not comment further on the matter.

SAMA’s statement comes as the HPCSA’s Registrar and CEO Dr David Motau returns to his position after being placed on precautionary suspension following his appearance in the Bloemfontein magistrate’s court last week. He faces charges of fraud, money laundering and corruption amounting to R8 million relating to his tenure as Head of the Free State Health Department from 2013 to earlier this year.

He was placed on precautionary suspension by the Acting Health Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi who said it was necessitated by the seriousness of the allegations and its ramifications to the health fraternity.

However, his suspension was lifted by the new Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla shortly after his appointment.