Free State health MEC not fit for position - TAC

2016-05-18 18:45
TAC marching for the removal of the Free State Health MEC. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

TAC marching for the removal of the Free State Health MEC. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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Bloemfontein – The Treatment Action Campaign has again called for Free State Health MEC Benny Malakoane to be removed from office.  

"He has proven that he is not fit for the job and he is failing the people of the Free State," TAC general secretary Anele Yawa said.

Yawa was briefing media in Bloemfontein, following a meeting with Premier Ace Magashule's cabinet.   

Issues raised during the meeting included shortages of medicines, hospital infrastructure and healthcare workers, he said. 

"The premier has made a commitment that, going forward, he will address us regarding the severe state of the health sector – but we will only be happy when we see results.    

"We will also be happy if Malakoane is removed from his position because he is killing our people," he said.  

Speaking on behalf of the cabinet, Economic, Small Business Development MEC Sam Mashinini said he believed Malakoane was still the right man for the job.  

"The matter in the health sector is our challenge, not just the MEC's challenge. It could be me in that situation one day,” he said.  

Last week, TAC members marched to the police and Free State prosecutor’s office in Bloemfontein to demand a rapid finalisation of investigations into Malakoane. They called for Malakoane to be removed from office.

Yawa said they wanted to know what was delaying the case and said Malakoane was failing Free State residents.

On September 1, 2014, the TAC laid corruption charges against Malakoane and other senior officials of the health department.

Malakoane allegedly ordered the Dihlabeng Hospital in Bethlehem to immediately make a bed in the ICU available for an ANC-connected individual.

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