Department of Health puts Forensic Analyst on Suspension

The Department of Health has put one of its Forensic analysts, based in Pretoria Forensic Laboratory Services on precautionary suspension from employment in terms of clause 7.2 of the PSCBC resolution 1 of 2003 with full pay.

However, the matter is handed over to the HAWKS as the Department believes that the allegations levelled against the official are criminal and fraudulent. It is alleged that the official failed to follow strict and proper operational (protocols) procedures when analyzing blood samples as detected during a routine quality inspection by senior officials.

The forensic laboratories provide Blood alcohol analysis, Toxicology (poison detection services) and Food analysis. There are four forensic laboratories that provide these functions and are in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria.

The functions of the Forensic Laboratory Services are extremely important for the criminal justice system, the insurance system and the health of the nation as whole.

Minister of Health, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, said: “We hold the work of the Forensic Laboratory Services in high regard and therefore expects nothing less than professionalism, high standards of ethics and absolute honesty. Any breach of strict protocols and procedures by officials in such a sensitive sector is regarded in a very serious light and will not be tolerated. It is unacceptable.”

The Department of Health has referred the matter to the relevant law enforcement agencies for further investigation and due to the serious nature of this transgression, the Department urges the police to move swiftly to investigate the matter so that justice can be done.

The Department has also referred the matter to the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) for further guidance as the work of the forensic laboratory services have impact on the criminal justice system.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Republic of South Africa: Department of Health.

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President Zuma to Lead Heritage Day Celebrations in Mpumalanga

President Jacob Zuma will on Sunday, 24 September 2017, lead the Heritage Day celebrations in Siyabuswa in the Mpumalanga Province.

The national Heritage Day celebrations will be held under the theme “The Year of OR Tambo: Celebrating Our Liberation Heritage”.

Heritage Day in South Africa embraces the vast cultural diversity and history that distinctly marks the country’s rich identity.

The theme of this year’s Heritage Day “The Year of OR Tambo: Celebrating our Liberation Heritage” is in accordance with preserving the history and imparting it to the younger generations.

President Zuma has said “Celebrating our Liberation Heritage contributes to the revival of the political and social-cultural consciousness across the country on the liberation struggle narrative. We hope that it will also invoke nationwide discussions on issues relating to decolonisation and identity, democracy and radical socio-economic transformation.”

Heritage Day also encompasses our ecosystems, wildlife, and unique mountains. This is the core of the country’s natural heritage which, when combined with the cultural heritage, makes South Africa a world in one country. The day also aims to recognise the role of cultural and heritage institutions and enabling access to all as they serve as reservoirs of knowledge and wisdom to bridge the intergenerational gap in the transmission of indigenous knowledge, skills and techniques.

The South African Constitution also guarantees the right to cultural, religious and linguistic associations and other organs of civil society.

All cultural groups are celebrated across South Africa on Heritage Day to enhance nation building, social cohesion, national reconciliation, moral regeneration, economic and social development.

South Africans are therefore encouraged to take pride in the country’s cultural institutions and play an active role in affirming, promoting and preserving them.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Republic of South Africa: The Presidency.

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Security Council Press Statement on Attack against MONUSCO peacekeepers in DRC

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack perpetrated on 17 September 2017 in Mamundioma, in North Kivu province, which led to the death of a Tanzanian peacekeeper of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), as well as the injury of another peacekeeper.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the family of the peacekeeper killed, as well as to the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, and to MONUSCO. They wished the injured peacekeeper a speedy recovery.

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms all attacks and provocations against MONUSCO by armed groups.

The members of the Security Council called on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to swiftly investigate these attacks and bring the perpetrators to justice. They underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and to MONUSCO to fully implement their mandate.

Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Security Council Press Statement on Attack against MONUSCO peacekeepers in DRC

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack perpetrated on 17 September 2017 in Mamundioma, in North Kivu province, which led to the death of a Tanzanian peacekeeper of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), as well as the injury of another peacekeeper.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the family of the peacekeeper killed, as well as to the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, and to MONUSCO. They wished the injured peacekeeper a speedy recovery.

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms all attacks and provocations against MONUSCO by armed groups.

The members of the Security Council called on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to swiftly investigate these attacks and bring the perpetrators to justice. They underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and to MONUSCO to fully implement their mandate.

Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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