Bumbling Officials Should Be Grateful

Makhosazana Mdlalose, MPP

Democratic Alliance KZN Health Spokesperson

THE Mercury article “Troubled Addington questions donation” (8 October) refers.

It simply beggars belief that, despite the recent linen shortage crisis, provincial health officials have yet to accept and make use of a donation of 700 bed sheets, blankets and pillowcases, given to the hospital a month ago by various hotels in the city. To add insult to injury, rather than expressing some form of gratitude, departmental spokesperson, Desmond Mothe allegedly bullied and confronted the hotel group’s spokeswomen when she approached the media over the department’s tardiness.

This incident has again highlighted the bumbling inefficiency so rife within the provincial health department. The high-handed approach of officials – who have sent the donor from pillar to post citing “government procedure” – is appalling. Officials should instead remove themselves from their offices, take the necessary paperwork to the hotel group concerned and assist with the completion of these forms. Finally – they should say a very big thank you.

It is this kind of attitude that will deter future donors from assisting troubled government institutions.

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