Residents await Ace’s answer

2015-08-05 06:00
THE residents of the Petsana Location near Reitz marching to the Nketoana Regional Hospital to hand over a memorandum of grievances.  
Tladi Moloi

THE residents of the Petsana Location near Reitz marching to the Nketoana Regional Hospital to hand over a memorandum of grievances. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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Today (05/08) is D-Day, as Ace Magashule, premier of the Free State, is expected to give answers to the Petsana Residents’ Association (PRA) regarding the matter of the Nketoana Regional Hospital.

Apparently the hospital was merged with the Phekolong Hospital in 2000 to form the Phekolong-Nketoana Complex. The PRA has always been against the complex idea. It only learned in 2008 that the two hospitals had been merged and since then the association has been fighting for the reopening of the hospital – which is allegedly not performing its primary medical functions.

All people who had to be admitted were transferred to the Phekolong Hospital in Bohlokong, Bethlehem.

The PRA demanded for the premier to put an end to this and give an order for Nketoana to stand on its own and perform its primary duties.

During his visit to Petsana near Reitz about three months ago, the premier requested the community to give him three months to work on the matter. That was after the community had raised the issue during the question and answer sessions during the Operation Hlasela community imbizo in the Petsana Stadium.

Majola Dumezweni, chairperson of the PRA, said they were hoping to get their response from the premier. He, however, pointed out that he did not trust the premier and added he doubted that he would show up.

“Remember, the premier requested us to give him three months to work on this matter when he was here with his Operation Hlasela in May. It was not the first time that he had made a promise like that. In 2010 he promised to work on that matter and get back to us, but he never did. He has made the same commitment again. We will wait and see,” Dumezweni said.

He said if the premier failed to visit Reitz, they would meet with the community on Sunday (09/08) at the Petsana Stadium to discuss a way forward.

“We are the community leaders. We should go back to them and hear what they want, but I promise that we will take a strategical and radical way forward.”

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