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Medical depot petrol bombed

2011-04-06 19:01

Johannesburg - A medical depot was petrol bombed in Mthatha and drugs to the value of R13m were destroyed, the Eastern Cape health department said on Wednesday.

"We suspect the motive was to destroy evidence as we are busy with stock-taking, something that was not done for many years at the depot," said spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo.

He said the depot was bombed on Monday night and the fire had destroyed antiretroviral and tuberculosis drugs.

MEC Sicelo Gqobana, has asked the provincial police commissioner to establish a task team to investigate the incident, he said

He explained that the MEC ordered a forensic investigation into pharmaceutical services after clinics and hospitals complained that medicine was not distributed on time and when they arrived there were always shortages.

The Mthatha depot supplies state hospitals and clinics in the eastern part of the province with drugs.
 

Comments
  • suspiciousme - 2011-04-06 19:29

    I have a sneaky suspicion….

  • Sword&Cross - 2011-04-06 19:35

    History REALLY starts to repeat itself? h t t p://w w w.theaugeanstables.com/2010/04/04/south-africas-second-coming-the-nongqawuse-syndrome/

  • edmead - 2011-04-06 19:37

    THE COMRADES ARE BUSY. SHOULD STOCK TAKING NOT BE DONE EVERY MONTH. AND THE MAN STILL HOLDS DOWN HIS JOB. THIS GOVERNMENT IS JUST TO MUCH. GOD BLESS OUR POOR COUNTRY ITS GOING TO NEED IT.

  • Bill - 2011-04-06 19:46

    Incompetence and corrupt to the highest degree! It just never stops.... Every sector is just rife with it! We make Nigeria look tame by comparison!

      POLLENYS - 2011-04-06 22:02

      " . . . busy with stock-taking, something that was not done for many years.' Sounds like ANC incompetence - again.

      WCD - 2011-04-07 11:09

      They watched Mag-yver!

  • Crime Buster - 2011-04-06 20:16

    I have stated that the same must be done in Limpopo for the past 24 months but nothing ..... Machines, ARV's you name is on special around the Depot in Limpopo - then the Doctors en-route to the hospitals have the best medicine available - cheap!!! Wake up Limpopo

  • naude.andrea - 2011-04-06 20:17

    What is the saddest part is that the incidence of AIDS is so high that it will be the patients on it that will loose out. WHO CARES ABOUT THAT????? Just ANOTHER THEFT being covered up.

  • Felix - 2011-04-07 00:31

    Insurance scam...

  • AndrewM39@24.com - 2011-04-07 07:15

    No stock take for many years, how is this allowed as many different potent drugs are held at these depots. The MEC and Senior Staff should be held accountable and dismissed.

  • Badballie - 2011-04-07 07:35

    The "powerhouse of africa" at it again, I'm actually amazed by how the "masses" all scream racism when another culture abuses them, but screams for more when they get reamed by their own kind.

  • WCD - 2011-04-07 11:07

    This is terrorism, and our police chief buys vehicles for the roadside loafers!

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