‘I am not a thug’ - Free State health MEC

2016-05-17 18:16

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Bloemfontein – Free State Health MEC Benny Malakoane on Tuesday rejected accusations from the DA that he was a thug.

“Honourable Jankielsohn’s statement said everyone here is a thug. I know I am not a thug,” he said during a sitting in the provincial legislature.  

He was responding to Free State DA leader Roy Jankielsohn’s statement that “we have a government of thugs”.  

Jankielsohn said a public protector report released on May 5 proved that Premier Ace Magashule’s Operation Hlasela was abused for party political purposes.

The Free State government’s Hlasela initiative was intended to accelerate service delivery.

In addition there was a privately-supported Hlasela fund, which was intended to support the Hlasela initiative, but which was used to endorse the ANC’s 2011 local government election campaign.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that the way the initiative was implemented led to a conflation between the ANC and the Free State government ahead of the 2011 elections.

“We have a government of thugs, from Zuma, through to Magashule, right down to the last ANC councillor in this province,” said Jankielsohn. 

He said Magashule had appointed two MECs, Benny Malakoane and Mathabo Leeto, who were facing charges of theft and corruption in the Matjhabeng municipality.    

Last Thursday, Treatment Action Campaign (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.

TAC general secretary Anele 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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