Mchunu must remove Dhlomo

2017-06-29 06:01

THE view of various KwaZulu-Natal organisations and health-care stakeholders, that many of the province’s health-care problems stem from MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo being at the helm, should send a strong message to Premier Willies Mchunu that he can no longer fob off the Democratic Alliance’s calls to sack the MEC. In February the DA wrote to the premier with the view that a massive part of the healing process for KZN Health involves the removal of Dhlomo.

This on the basis that since his reign began some eight years ago, his department has lurched from one crisis to the next, with services such as oncology now reaching breaking point. Add to this the fact that senior administrators within the department continue to come and go at an alarming rate and that, in all this mess, there is one common denominator - Dhlomo.

His leadership style has become even more blatant in recent days when, instead of opting to create an environment conducive to better services, he allegedly chose to condemn and insult his own professional medical staff after they brought their grievances to him.

These are the same health-care workers who are essentially unable to work due to broken equipment and medicine shortages, and who are often forced to live in deplorable conditions. The MEC has more than overstayed his tenure as the executive head of this critical department and there can be no other conclusion than for the premier to ask him to call it a day.

Enough is enough. Regrettably, given the ANC’s political patronage system and its strongman leadership style, he is probably taking orders on Dhlomo from senior party masters. Certainly, he opted to defend the MEC during his Sopa and has done nothing since then to remove him as KwaZulu-Natal’s Health MEC.

The DA will again write to the premier asking that he pay careful attention and respond to the public. If he maintains his silence or the current state of affairs, he is complicit in ensuring that the people of KZN will continue to suffer.

Come 2019, voters in KZN need to take a harder line against the political masters who perpetuate the status quo of decaying health care in the province.

Dr IMRAN KEEKA, MPL

DA KZN spokesperson on Health

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