Protector: To probe MEC’s chopper trip

2013-02-01 00:00

PUBLIC Protector Thuli Madonsela will conduct a probe into the Health MEC’s 750 km round trip in Durban’s only medical helicopter.

The MEC came under fire last year after commandeering a helicopter that could have been used to transport Asheen Maharaj (15) to hospital after an accident on the N3 near Shongweni, which claimed his life.

Maharaj was taken by ambulance to Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital where he was later declared brain dead.

DA provincial leader Sizwe Mchunu, who laid the complaint with Madonsela’s office, said: “Dhlomo knowingly shrugged off the potential deaths and lifetime’s worth of damage to Durban families he could have caused by his taking that medical helicopter.”

Mchunu said the MEC had failed to provide an acceptable explanation for “this abuse of office”.

Madonsela’s spokesperson, Kgalalelo Masibi, confirmed that the MEC was being investigated for alleged violation of the Executive Members Ethics Act.

Attempts to reach Dhlomo’s spokesperson, Desmond Motha, were unsuccessful yesterday.

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