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Suspended Tembisa Hospital CEO Dr. Ashley Mthunzi Passes Away

Dr. Ashley Mthunzi, the suspended CEO of Tembisa Hospital, has died at the age of 45. The Gauteng Department of Health and his wife, Lerato Mthunzi, confirmed that he passed away on Tuesday, April 23, 2024.

Lerato Mthunzi announced the news on Facebook, writing, “In loving memory. It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Dr. Ashley Mthunzi. Born on 2 June 1978, he passed away on 23 April 2024.”

Funeral Arrangements
According to Lerato, Dr. Mthunzi’s funeral will be held at 7 a.m. on Saturday in Winchester Hills. The Gauteng Department of Health extended its condolences to the Mthunzi family, friends, and colleagues, stating, “The department extends its deepest sympathies to the family, friends, and colleagues of the late Dr. Mthunzi as they navigate this difficult period of mourning.”

Cause of Death

Dr. Mthunzi’s death was attributed to a brief illness. Further details about his illness were not disclosed.

**Controversy During His Tenure**
Dr. Mthunzi’s tenure as CEO of Tembisa Hospital was marred by controversy due to a series of questionable purchases made under his leadership. Allegations included the procurement of 2,000 hand towels at approximately R230 each, 100 leather armchairs for a total of R500,000, and nearly R500,000 spent on skinny jeans, all of which Dr. Mthunzi denied.

An investigative report by News24 in August 2022 revealed that the hospital had purchased 200 pairs of skinny jeans at a cost of R2,500 per pair. These and other questionable transactions were flagged by whistleblower Babita Deokaran, whose murder is believed to be linked to the hospital’s dubious deals.

Suspension as Tembisa Hospital CEO
Following the News24 report, Dr. Mthunzi was suspended as CEO of Tembisa Hospital in August 2022. Along with him, the hospital’s chief financial officer, Lerato Mady, was also suspended.

Despite the controversies surrounding his tenure, Dr. Mthunzi’s passing has left his family and colleagues in mourning. The Gauteng Department of Health urged everyone to respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time.

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