Prevent Limpopo health collapse - Nehawu

2012-01-20 08:14

Johannesburg - Trade union Nehawu on Thursday called on national government to prevent Limpopo's health sector from collapsing.

Some hospitals in Limpopo reportedly had food shortages because service providers were not paid.

"Unfortunately all of these reckless activities are going to cost patients their lives because they cannot take medication on an empty stomach," National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said.

"Our union calls on the national department of health and Treasury to intervene before the collapse of the whole health sector due to inefficiencies by Limpopo provincial administration.

"Unfortunately this crisis will greatly affect the poor communities, who cannot provide food for their loved ones, and those who are on special diets because of their health conditions."


The Cabinet put the province under administration in December after it emerged that Limpopo was bankrupt and could not pay civil servants, such as teachers and nurses.

In the health department:
- the province owed suppliers R138m, but only half these payments, R67m, could be verified and approved for payment by December 23;
- R427m in assets had no supporting documents;
- there was R400m in irregular expenditure of goods and services, mostly medical equipment.

Pamla said this "justified" Nehawu's concern that the provincial health department was being mismanaged.

"We had hoped that last year's provincial cabinet reshuffle was going to bring much needed changes and transparency in the department. Unfortunately this proves that nothing has changed and the situation has gotten worse."

The finance ministry on Thursday said Limpopo faced a potential shortfall of R2bn at the end of the financial year.

The province had unauthorised expenditure which grew from R1.5bn in 2009 to R2.7bn 2011.

Pamla said law enforcement agencies had to investigate the allegations that had been made. Those responsible should be held accountable.

  • Kala - 2012-01-20 08:20

    A snap poll Do you think that those responsible: a) Will ever be charged and thrown into jail b) Be offered ambassador posts overseas c) Be slapped on their wrists then given a golden hand shake

      Kala - 2012-01-20 08:21

      I put (a) there just to make up the numbers

      Ze Don - 2012-01-20 08:36

      d) Moved to a different department & given a promotion.

      Nyiks11 - 2012-01-20 09:30

      A massage on the wrist followed by a golden handshake is more like it

      Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-20 10:28

      A suspended suspension, big bonus. And a bigger blue light for their luxury Suv .

      Ann - 2012-01-20 12:28


      ubhejane - 2012-01-20 14:25

      @Ann. Brilliant idea. That would save us a lot of money! And they will fit right into the Zimbabwean Political Landscape!

  • Ben - 2012-01-20 08:21

    If one is not able to identify your enemies, you wont be able to fight them. At this point in time, the government is the biggest enemy of the people in S.A.

  • Piet - 2012-01-20 08:22

    The Trade unions are the biggest contributor to the chaos in this country

      Hugh - 2012-01-20 10:01

      What? At the moment, its the Trade Unions that are the only ones taking action to the poor service delivery, poor education standards and unemployment. Us whiteys just sit and bitch on news forums. Fact. Ever see whitey en-mass taking to the streets? Never. Too damn self indulgent.

  • procold2 - 2012-01-20 08:27

    with what money people,the comrades spent it all

  • reyadh.khan - 2012-01-20 08:31

    yet, come the next election, ANC will still be voted into run the province...when will these people ever learn...Limpopo, probably the most corrupt province in SA...

  • TaSaqz - 2012-01-20 08:36

    As long as the education system for the African majority in SA remains as is, business as usual will prevail. I mean,if you're uneducated, you cannot hold anyone accountable and you simply cannot use the power of X to your advantage. Unfortunately, democracy is a so-so game of number. If you have the numbers on your side, you can do as you please. Have you ever wondered why the SA government is not doing anything urgently to improve the education standard of their electorate? Just wait and see, come the next elections period in SA.

      Silvana - 2012-01-20 09:53

      TaSaqZ@ You are so right. How does one get this through to the voters without it becoming a racial thing. I don't have issues about who's in power, as long as the country is run properly for the benefit of everyone.

      Hugh - 2012-01-20 10:07

      TaSaqz, the education Bar has been lowered to make more people pass. Makes there (ANC) books look good. A false perception of success. Business cannot prevail under circumstances like these. As for where the masses will but their next "X"? Right where it went last time. Don't hold your breath for change. It ain't coming soon.

  • Siso - 2012-01-20 08:41

    When they mismanaged those funds, did they think money falls from the tree. Tax payers money, our money. They should be charged for corruption, mismanagement and straight to jail and now because of their carelessness innocent people will suffer the consequences.

  • Bob - 2012-01-20 08:42

    One province down several more to go, the ANC only needs to get into the Cape and bingo they can complete a full house of destruction, and still they will get voted back in by the ignorant masses.

  • Lordwick - 2012-01-20 08:45

    I think this has got something to do with politics,the shower man knows very well that Limpopo is supporting motanthe for the top post so now Zoooormer is using this to get rid of those who are against him.And on the other hand,ANC is rotten from top to bottom,as a matter of fact corruption is our daily thing!!! Let us leave our history behind,black,white,red,brown,all colours and vote DA to coerce Anc from comfort zone!!!

      ubhejane - 2012-01-20 14:38

      I agree Lordwick, but we have to cure Mrs. Zille from her obvious drive for female domination. LOL LOL LOL I know that sounds radical, but I have my doubts if Mrs. Zille has the country's interests at heart, or does she want the country to have a female President? I can't vote for the new revitalised MF either, because again my future is in the hands of a woman. Auntie Patricia, takes no nonsense from anybody, but my fear is she will lock all men up in a jail and make the whole country a heaven for women without us men. So where will I put my X then? I only have Pieter Mulder left. I think I should go with him. This post was posted just to get all of you female readers outraged and awake and ready for the action your husbands have planned for you for the weekend!

  • Maximus Odinidus - 2012-01-20 08:46

    Alright, it's time to stem the tide of corruption, maladministration and general stupidity. The ANC needs to go. I wonder if we can motivate for a vote of no confidence in government and have it dissolved? Any ideas?

      Ben - 2012-01-20 09:23

      This is a state of emergency. Get the U.N. in as well as the red cross for the people in Limpopo hospitals.

  • eric.vanvuuren - 2012-01-20 08:46

    Now if I was a foreigner, I would be shocked at this.... but. We told you so!!!! Still telling you. Still not listening? Hahahahahaha!!!!!!! Come-on people stop voting for the people that makes you suffer. How dumb are you? I feel nothing for the people that keep on voting these buffoons in to power, and then complain about the small little things like, a bunch of buffoons squandering the recourses that they need so desperately. Go on spite taste good ha. Go and vote anc again, seal the fate of your kids with your spite. Still laughing!!!!

  • Hugh - 2012-01-20 08:48

    Too late she cried..........

  • Dave - 2012-01-20 08:54

    If people die as a result, all those held accountable should be charged with murder

  • Anthony Mayoss - 2012-01-20 08:56

    Yes help them out, throw another 1bn at them so they can pay the suppliers 100mil and steal the rest.

  • barry.dogg.fritz - 2012-01-20 09:01

    whats the bet they will blame it on apartheid

  • Vince.York - 2012-01-20 09:11

    Rather the unions should use some of their funds to pay and thereby bail out these places, in support of the continued "youth tenderpreneurship get rich quick at any cost criminals" that so willingly. ON NO ACCOUNT MUST EXTRA TAX PAYERS FUNDS BE USED!!!!!!!

  • Silvana - 2012-01-20 09:45

    This is bloody scandalous! Can someone please tell me what the Auditor General actually does? These irregularities should have been picked up in an audit before it reached this stage. Systems should have been put in place to rectify the situation and follow-up audits done to ensure that the correct procedures were ebing followed. Cabinet reshuffling is not the solution if you are going to replace one clown with another. This really burns my a*&e. "Those responsible should be held accountable." And then what? Sue them? Promote them? Give them an ambassador's post? How on earth do you recover that kind of money. For the first time in my life I agree with ANCYL. The government is responsoble for this, even if the allegations that some of their members (ANCYL) were involved.

      eric.vanvuuren - 2012-01-20 11:59

      His office is closest to KFC, where he sits spending his day’s leisurely licking his fat self enriched fingers. Not a thought to spare for the people his office are suppose to protect.

      Stefans - 2012-01-20 15:17

      Salvana, first you need to establish what the purpose of an audit is. The purpose is to express an opinion on the fair presentation of financial statement. You also need to establish whether the Audito-General issued unqulified reports in the previous financial years for these departments. If the reports were qualified, then you need to find out what the issues were. I bet most of these departments received qualified reports and disclaimer of opinions. I also have faith in the Auditor-General's office in that if there were irregularities, these were brought to the attention of the relevant authorities who decided to ignore them. Also you have to take into account that a normal audit is different from a forensic audit, that is why when fraud has been identified a forensic audit is carried out instead of a regulatory audit which is carried out annually.

  • Stefans - 2012-01-20 09:48

    People have been dying in hospitals because Nehawu members who are nurses are not doing their duties of ensuring that patience had food before taking on medication. I do agree with the steps taken by national government and that is for the better of the province. However Nehawu must not score political points on this issue as if their memebers do take care of patients. If you have a relative who is sick in government hospital, you need to pay them a visit everyday to ensure that they had food and are cleaned up since the nurses who happen to be Nehawu members are not taking care of patients in hospitals. You will always find them sitting at nursing stations chatting instead of doing what they as nurses are supposed to be doing, clean up patients and ensuring that they had food before taking their medication.

  • Eddy - 2012-01-20 10:30

    Is this not the province of the young Lion, the black diamond, Julius Malema? Where the population support him with their hearts and souls.

  • Herbert - 2012-01-20 10:50

    Am I an alarmist or realist? The momentum of a stable government in the past with skilled incumbents is slowly grinding to a halt. Give South Africa 10 more years and all the wheels will be off (if not stolen). I wonder whether the present regime will ever realise how incompetent they are?

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-20 11:11

    Corruption is not going to spare any department in Limpopo. Every department is down on its knees when the mafias are stealing and buliding bunkers in Sandton.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-20 11:11

    Corruption is not going to spare any department in Limpopo. Every department is down on its knees when the mafias are stealing and buliding bunkers in Sandton.

  • Tuner - 2012-01-20 11:40

    This Nehawu is a joke! Because this absolute farce involves their comrades, they state that this utter shambles was "due to effeciencies"!! It was rather the wholesale theft and general helping of themselves to taxpayer supplied funds by whatever means possible. The public servants and their bosses went on a spending rampage to increase their own bank balances as well as those of family members and friends and felt nothing about doing their duty to do a honest day's work!

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