Premier Services Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) chief executive officer Cuthbert Dube and board chairperson have been fired following a public outcry over his $230 000 monthly salary.
The development comes amid reports that the PSMAS top management was gobbling at least $1,1 million in monthly salaries.
In a statement last night, PSMAS board secretary Cosmas Mukwesha said: “At its sitting of the 27th day of January 2014, the Premier Services Medical Aid Society board of directors resolved to relieve the current board chairperson Mrs (Meisie) Namasasu, of her duties as chairperson, forthwith.
“In line with the society’s constitution the board appointed the vice-chairperson Newton Mhlanga as acting chairperson until the appointment of a substantive chairperson.”
Mukwesha added: “Further the board resolved that in view of the fact that the group chief executive officer, C E Dube has reached retirement age, he be retired. Details on the retirement are being worked out.”
PSMAS owed various service providers $38 million as at December 31, 2013.
Media, Information and Broadcasting Services minister Jonathan Moyo last week said “corrupt salaries” paid to heads of parastatals in the country would be dealt with.
“We have false, corrupt salaries that pose a serious challenge in the public sector where some people are earning as much as $230 000 in monthly salaries,” he said.
“People in business don’t make that much profit in a month. I’ve also heard of people earning $27 000 in parastatals. These salaries can’t be appropriate for a new economy.”