Former MEC’s arrest first step toward justice for public health patients

Desiree van der Walt MPL DA Limpopo Legislature Caucus Leader The Democratic Alliance welcomes the arrest of former provincial health MEC Ms. Segabutla and her appearance yesterday in court for fraud related charges. When the report from the Public Protector implicated her to alleged wrong doing, the DA objected to her continued stay in public office. We also wrote to the presidency, objecting to her appointment as South Africa’s ambassador to Cuba. We are happy that that process seems to have been stalled. Ms. Segabutla must face the full might of the law. The fact that she now holds an executive position in the ruling party must not shield her from being answerable for her role. Under her leadership the provincial department of health was on the verge of collapse. Tender irregularities reached alarming proportions. It is the people of Limpopo who use public health facilities who are now having to bear the brunt because machines are not working or there is no medication in hospitals. We hope the her arrest will be followed by other arrests of officials within the department who might also have played a role in the wrong doing.

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