Chris Hattingh MPL
Provincial Leader Democratic Alliance North-West
The North West MEC for Health, Dr Magome Masike, this morning in his response to a question of the DA relating to the presence of a mutilated body of an unknown man in the Brits Hospital casualty ward lashed out at unknown officials “leaking” the information to the media.
It appears that whistle-blowers at the hospital increasingly are becoming victimized. Masike’s undertaking that those responsible will be disciplined appears to be directed at those unveiling the unacceptable behaviour of officials who left the body in full sight of the public for 15 hours.
This surprising stance of Dr Masike came shortly after Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s comments about the management at the same hospital for “focusing on punishing the workers instead of solving the problems at the hospital.”
The comments of Dr Masike is reminiscent of the ban imposed initially on DA Members of the NW Legislature, but later to all members of the NW Health Portfolio Committee during 2000. In terms of the Sefularu decree, issued during a period when NW health services were increasingly Cubanised, no member of the NW Legislature was allowed to officially visit NW Health facilities.
The DA can only reiterate and expand on Minister Motsoaledi’s comments that MEC Masike and his Department should focus on resolving NW Health issues such as the lack of policies to respectfully handle bodies of people with the required dignity.