TAC marches against Free State health MEC

2016-05-12 12:41
(Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

(Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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Bloemfontein – Members of the Treatment Action Campaign on Thursday started their march to the SA Police Service (SAPS) and the Free State Prosecutors Office in Bloemfontein to demand a rapid finalisation of investigations into charges laid against Health MEC Benny Malakoane.

A small group of marchers, led by the police, sang and danced and also called for the removal of Malakoane from office.

"We want to know what is delaying the case. No one is above the law. We are calling for him to be removed because he is failing the people of the Free State," said TAC general secretary Anele Yawa.

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

This after he allegedly ordered the Dihlabeng hospital in Bethlehem to make an ICU bed immediately available in order to admit an ANC-connected individual.

An article published in the Mail & Guardian on July 4, 2014, stated that other patients waiting to be admitted to the ICU were dropped in order to make space for the ANC man.

An unnamed doctor quoted in the article claimed that hospital staff were told to make space for the ailing man because Malakoane had promised the man's family that he would be admitted to ICU.

The ANC man was admitted to the unit, despite the fact that he did not qualify, as he was in the last stages of a chronic condition and unlikely to recover.

"The ICU bed is scarce and expensive resource. The MEC stole it from someone in need to give it to the relative of Minister Mosebenzi Zwane in exchange for political favour," Yawa said.

"Just like President [Jacob] Zuma, who lied in Parliament that he did not use state resources to build his Nkandla home, Benny has also lied that the bed was not given to Minister Zwane’s relative."

(Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

(Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

(Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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