MEC needed chopper for funeral

2012-11-25 14:28

Durban - KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo apparently commandeered an air ambulance to attend a funeral, the Sunday Tribune newspaper reported.

According to the report, he used the helicopter to attend the funeral of Zacharia "Cliff" Zungu, the businessman husband of the Hlabisa Provincial Hospital manager Dawn Zungu.

Dhlomo had been criticised for using the province's sole medical helicopter three weeks ago because it delayed an injured teenager's arrival at a Durban hospital.

Asheen Maharaj, 15, was left brain dead following a car crash near Pinetown. His parents, Ashnee and Ashwin, and sister Asheena, were killed.

The newspaper reported earlier this month that paramedics treating Maharaj had wanted the helicopter to airlift him to Durban's Albert Luthuli hospital, but were told it was not available because Dhlomo was using it.

Maharaj died after arriving at the hospital by road.

The KZN health department earlier this month said Dhlomo had gone to Hlabisa because the community was angry at a doctor at the Hlabisa Provincial Hospital and that doctor's life was threatened by community members.

The newspaper on Sunday quoted a number of people, including the pastor, who attended Zungu's funeral as saying that Dhlomo arrived by helicopter.

  • motho.batho.98 - 2012-11-25 15:27

    This is so inhuman!

      frank.vankaapstad - 2012-11-26 00:47

      Another fine example of what Zuma calls the "African way" of doing things. If something like this were to happen in the UK, that person would have been sacked after the first incident. But hey, this is the ANC's country, how dare we criticise anything the leadership does.

      art5SA - 2012-11-26 02:57

      What GRAVY PLANE?

      george.anderson.796569 - 2012-11-26 07:12

      "Department head Sibongile Zungu told reporters in Pietermaritzburg that Dhlomo had been required to attend to a dispute between a doctor and residents at Manguzi, in Umkhanyakude, on the far north of the province. "The incident involved a doctor and some young girls who were in the doctor’s room and the community was up in arms," she said. 14.11.12 NOW WHAT IS THE TRUE STORY

  • siliziwem - 2012-11-25 15:28

    frm BMW X5 to a chopper...ths country is a play school!

  • craig.lott.589 - 2012-11-25 15:28

    Could the aircrew not have overridden the MEC's call, and attended to the accident victim first?

  • scelo.khuluse - 2012-11-25 15:29

    Our politicians are always doing the oposite!

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2012-11-25 15:32

    Hang the bastard!

      tw2066 - 2012-11-25 19:03


  • Donkervlie - 2012-11-25 15:32

    Once again this incident brings into question the ANC chidren who do not understand the difference between fantasie and the truth. Anywhere else in the world this guy Zungu would have resigned for being caught out as a liar. Sadly there is no difference in this piece of rubbish and the car gaurd who begs they both make up a story to get something.

      stella.hlophe - 2012-11-26 02:29

      I don't think this Zungu guy was lying at all. With so many witnesses attending his funeral he had to be really dead.

      art5SA - 2012-11-26 02:59

      HAHAHAHA...well said stella...

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-26 10:51

      Stella.hlophe. Thanks for the laugh.

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-11-25 17:52

    Common sense suggests culpable homicide and theft should stick. Perhaps some other statutory offences as well. Like unauthorised use of a vehicle or hindering some health service or state performance. It is absolutely foreseeable - starts to look like murder - that you can cause the death of a patient if you prevent medical assistance from reaching a patient who as a result dies. That is what the ambulance and its operators were supposed to do and why the helicopter was procured and manned. How about culpable homicide? Neglicence is sufficient. If you should reasonably have foreseen the death of someone else it is culpable homicide. Causality of course and unlawfulness also come into it but it seems these should not be a problem for the state to prove. And plain old theft. There is no difference for example between siphoning off the helicopter's fuel where it stands in its hanger for use in another vehicle to travel to the funersal and giving a direct order to be transported in the copter. Same fuel, same consequences. Similarly, there is no reason why it should not be theft if you use the services of employees outside the scope of their employment paid for by their employer. In this case the public.

      brad.ken.18 - 2012-11-25 20:09

      Absolutely. I would LOVE to see the paperwork around this hideous agreement between him, and Ambulance Services! But with these corrupt thieving, lying bastards, that will never happen! But in the civilised hearts, souls and victims of this horrible event, will stay in our hearts for a long time. knowing what vermin these people are!!

      p.borchard - 2012-11-26 10:30

      It would be interesting to find out how many 'emergency' flights this MEC has taken in the past. Like Sisulu it will come down to 'only' taking X amount of flights (at a hell of a cost to the taxpayer). The chopper is for PATIENTS, not for narcisistic pompous idiots.

  • JanGrimbeek - 2012-11-25 19:56

    He was the last hope to resurrect the corpse at the last moment, dont you see and understand.

  • sipho.zuma.796 - 2012-11-25 21:14

    This wouldn't have happened under DA leadership

  • louiseroger.higham - 2012-11-25 21:26

    Disgusting what an a hole

  • dave.hardman - 2012-11-25 23:22

    One person dies in order that a politician can attend a funeral? I sincerely hope that he arrives at the next funeral in a hearse. What of the lies about doctors

  • rontheogre - 2012-11-26 00:23

    I have posted this article to my websites, Facebook friends, blogs and 641 email contacts. Perhaps this might get the MEC's attention and dent his sense of entitlement. Idiot!

      Don.Tandy - 2012-11-26 08:21

      With you all the way - the more publicity things like this get the better, but unfortunately most of the people who vote morons like this MEC and showerhead into power cannot read, so your efforts will probably go unnoticed.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-26 10:52

      Ronald.The MEC doesn't read.

  • - 2012-11-26 01:33

    I'm sure the funeral of a dead person is far less important than saving the life of an injured boy.Disgusting excuse.

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-11-26 03:05

    Shame on you Sibongiseni Dhlomo for using the only air ambulance in KZN to attend a funeral of a hospital manager's partner. You should be charged with murder.Next time you will use the medical helicopter to attend a birthday party of a hospital board member

  • Mike - 2012-11-26 06:25


  • celeste.delange1 - 2012-11-26 06:33

    Really? Can he sink any lower? Fire the twat!

  • bless.boswell - 2012-11-26 06:50

    It must have been a huge boost to his feelings of self importance to arrive by helicopter. Next best thing to a blue light brigade. By the way, did you know that the mayor of London rides to work on a bicycle?

      Antipoaching - 2012-11-26 08:19

      Ah Bless you see the difference is that the Mayor of London is a) an astute politician who is in touch with the populace and b) a sensible human being.... I doubt that either of these allegations can be made about MEC Dhlomo and the rest of the Zuma apologists

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-26 10:54

      Bless.boswell. Yes and the Mayor of London sweeps streets too from time to time. That's Boris for you.

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-11-26 08:18

    Anarchy Nepotism Corruption - business as usual on the gravy train.

  • gemma.vandermerwe - 2012-11-26 08:47

    So, using the chopper for a funeral is still more important than lives? A young man died so that he could be seen arriving in a helicopter. Do the people voting for these people not feel anger and frustration?

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-11-26 10:56

      Delusions of grandeur.

  • lisa.prinsloo.7 - 2012-11-26 10:30

    What a CHOP....

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-26 10:41

    How many of these sorry excuse for being human is there?.

      warren.vanwyk.3 - 2012-11-26 10:58

      Never ever underestimate the ego of an ANC politician!!!

  • sean.noble1 - 2012-11-27 14:46

    He gets a state car, state petrol and driver, this creature should never even be allowed to use a helicopter for what ever reason. Its firstly ludicrously expensive to put i chopper in the air for hour and secondly its a "MEDICAL" helicopter for use by emergency personnel, not for elected officials. Now they leave it to an even more corrupt mkhezi to "discipline" him.

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