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Eswatini Health Ministry Officials Secure Legal Reprieve from Disciplinary Actions

Eswatini's Health Ministry PS has been legally interdicted from continuing with disciplinary actions against two senior officials. Industrial Court Judge Muzikayise Motsa endorsed the interim order, and the matter is returnable on February 19, 2024.

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Saboor Bayat
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Eswatini Health Ministry Officials Secure Legal Reprieve from Disciplinary Actions

In a recent development, the Principal Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Health in Eswatini has been legally barred from continuing disciplinary actions against two high-ranking health officials, Sincedile Magwaza and Fortunate Bhembe. The officials, facing misconduct charges linked to an investigation into the irregular procurement and distribution of medical drugs and supplies, sought urgent court intervention. They argued that the disciplinary actions violated previous court orders.

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Legal Intervention Halts Disciplinary Actions

Industrial Court Judge Muzikayise Motsa endorsed a consent order interdicting the PS from pursuing the disciplinary process. Notably, the matter is returnable on February 19, 2024. Government Lawyer Vikinduku Manana consented to the interim order, acknowledging an error in charging multiple individuals instead of one nearing retirement. This incident marks the second time Magwaza and Bhembe successfully obtained an interim order from the Industrial Court against the disciplinary actions.

Officials Allege Bad Faith in Disciplinary Actions

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The applicants contend that the PS's actions were deliberate and in bad faith, openly defying court orders. They underline the urgency of preventing the disciplinary action pending the resolution of the primary application, seeking to declare the disciplinary process unlawful. This case throws light on the intricate dynamics within Eswatini's health ministry and the legal measures employed by officials to safeguard their positions.

Implications of the Legal Battle

The outcome of this legal struggle holds significant implications for Eswatini's health ministry. If the court rules in favor of the accused officials, it could lead to a reassessment of the disciplinary processes and their legality. On the other hand, a ruling against the officials could potentially set a precedent for disciplinary actions within the ministry, reinforcing the notion of accountability among senior officials.

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