EFF will implement NHI: Malema

By Drum Digital
22 February 2014

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema on Saturday said his party would implement the National Health Insurance.

"The EFF government will expedite the implementation of National Health Insurance," he said.

Malema was addressing party supporters at the Mehlareng stadium in Tembisa, east of Johannesburg, during the launch of the EFF's elections manifesto.

He said the EFF would build state owned companies that would help bring better healthcare.

The companies would include a pharmaceutical company to produce medicine and distribute it to hospitals and clinics.

"The EFF government will build a state owned healthcare equipment company to build healthcare equipment," he said.

He added that the party would also ensure traditional healers were incorporated into the healthcare system.

Malema said under the EFF social grants would increase.

"Social grants are an important aspect of bringing the poorest of the poor into some level of economic participation and EFF will introduce a

The grant for pensioners would increase from R1300 to R2600 per month and disability grants would go up from R1200 to R2400.

Child support grants would increase from R300 to R600 per month, he said.

War veterans would get an increase from R1220 to R2400, care dependency from R1200 to R2400 and foster child grants from R800 to R1600.

The EFF government would introduce a social grant of R2500 per month for all terminally ill South Africans, he added.

Loud cheers and claps followed Malema's statements.

Many in the crowd said the move would be appreciated.

On corruption, the EFF would introduce a 20 year prison sentence for public servants who were found guilty.

Malema said the party would establish a state administration court which would deal with matters of corruption.

He said the EFF would also protect the independence of the offices of the public protector, auditor general and all other institutions which oversaw government programmes.

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