MEC ‘lied’ about flight, says IFP

2012-11-26 00:00

PROVINCIAL Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo is battling to explain his helicopter trip to northern KwaZulu-Natal when it was needed to transport a car accident victim.

Yesterday Dhlomo told The Witness that he did not want to comment on the Sunday Tribune story and he would be preparing a statement in response this week.

The Sunday newspaper reported that Dhlomo had misled the public when he was made to explain using an emergency medical helicopter when it was needed to rescue Asheen Maharaj (15) three weeks ago.

The boy’s family were killed in the accident, and he died later in hospital.

The only emergency helicopter was summoned but paramedics were told that the MEC had taken it to Hlabisa to attend to an emergency.

His head of department Dr Sibongile Zunga had told the media that there was a crisis in one of the hospitals in the area where a doctor’s life was in danger. It was revealed yesterday that there was no emergency, but the MEC had attended a funeral of Zacharia Zungu, the husband of Hlabisa Hospital manager Dawn Zungu.

Hlabisa police confirmed that a rape case had been opened but this internal crisis was not at the same time as the MEC’s visit.

Opposition parties have collectively called for Dhlomo to explain his actions.

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) yesterday said it was devastating that for two weeks the MEC lied and misled the public.

Party shadow MEC for health Dr Usha Roopnarain said Dhlomo must apologise to the public.

“The MEC must be brought to book for lying to the nation.

“It is so unfortunate that the MEC could have been upfront and honest, rather he spend two weeks on spin-doctoring.

“The truth has prevailed and he must face the consequences,” said Dr Roopnarain.

— Witness Reporter.

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