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DA pickets health departments

2012-05-29 18:30

Johannesburg - The DA began a week of pickets on Tuesday outside health department offices in the Eastern Cape and Limpopo, the party said.

The protests were to show solidarity with those suffering due to the healthcare "meltdown" in both provinces, spokesperson Mmusi Maimane and health spokesperson Patricia Kopane said in a joint statement.

The DA would submit the same memorandum to both departments on Tuesday, they said.

The memorandum demanded the uninterrupted supply of all medication to health facilities, adequate doctor and nurse numbers for patients, and budgets properly managed to address building and equipment problems.

"While people suffer without the most basic healthcare, the ANC is demonstrating its narrow focus on internal politics ahead of Mangaung as it marches against freedom of expression today," Maimane and Kopane said.

They said poor planning had led to tons of medication going to waste in both provinces.

There was also basic infrastructure, equipment, doctor and nurse shortages.

The DA would offer solutions over the coming days to resolve the health crisis affecting Limpopo and the Eastern Cape, said Maimane and Kopane.

"The solutions we are demanding to be put in place in these provinces will be based on successful strategies for public healthcare where we govern."

Comments
  • Sharon - 2012-05-29 18:18

    The nosedive taken in all departments of the Eastern Cape and Limpopo should make us South Africans sit up and pay attention, this is where the whole country will be very soon. Thank you DA, you are doing an exemplary job as opposition. Without you we would know absolutely nothing.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-29 19:22

      Here we go again. After hours the News24 team switch thumbs up and down. We all need to complain during working hours and get these clowns fired.

  • tebogo.maja.77 - 2012-05-29 18:25

    "The solutions we are demanding to be put in place in these provinces will be based on successful strategies for public healthcare where we govern." Who says the DA only point fingers at the ruling party and never offer solutions?.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-29 19:04

      Look at their solution s in the Western Cape. Far superior to anything the painting marchers are offering.

      sean.bagley.50 - 2012-05-29 20:28

      Still us against them politics on this forum and off course all the insults that goes with it from both ends mind you- both DA supporters and ANC supporters alike. There is no distinction when it comes to what's best for the whole country. Hardly any vigorous debate. Mostly name calling and insults across the board. Nobody wants to be the be the "bigger man" and debate on this forum. South Africa what a s**t bowl you have in your politics from voters to those in ministerial office all the same. The DA is doing a wonderful job in municipalities it governs which is a shame they don't control more than what they currently have under their control.

  • Bongani - 2012-05-29 19:02

    Do not blame us when we leave the country

  • Barefoot - 2012-05-29 19:05

    Commend the DA for going to the relevant body to picket

  • ivan.ferreira - 2012-05-29 19:07

    ANC protest over Zuma's penis. The DA protest over poorly run ANC health departments... I wonder which one is more relevant to the people of South Africa? This just show you where the priorities lie of each party.

      Christopher - 2012-05-29 19:21

      Click on mf FB pic, And you will see how a bigger wank*r Zuma actually is! He is screwing this country of ours up! Click and send to everyone!

  • Zahir - 2012-05-29 19:33

    The DA is only hope to turn around the Anc disaster areas like EC and limpoop

  • Luviwe - 2012-05-29 19:33

    If Cosatu,SACP can take issues like these will have a long way to go in helping the poor of which they purpot to represent. Instead they worry about a painting that is not the bread and butter like education for example.

  • braamc - 2012-05-29 19:56

    Viva DA, Helen for President

  • Mantsho - 2012-05-29 20:18

    To be honest with you guys, when the elections come this people of Limpopo and EC are going to vote for the same people who cannot take care of them (ANC), so l say l wish not that l want, that Zuma get the second term, and continue to mess up this country so this people who keep voting for this crooks could wake up properly.

      Luviwe - 2012-05-29 20:27

      I think that what is called tough love. If you can go to rural areas and see how are they hoodwinked and taken to voting stations. Oh and told if they do not vote ANC social grants will be stopped.

  • mfihlo.babanerikhotso - 2012-05-29 20:20

    It shows that DA cares for SA poor people while the ruling party concetrating on city press,painting and who is going to be the presdent which is nothing to do with the succses of the country.viva DA viva

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