Peter Frewen MPL
DA MPL in the Free State Provincial Legislature
Three hospitals in Maluti-a-Phofung are have their electricity supply suspended on the 02 March 2014. Rural Maintenance has served notice that it would suspend electricity supply to the Manapo Hospital and the Elizabeth Ross Hospital in Qwa-Qwa, and the Thebe Hospital in Harry Smith.
The provincial department of public works, who is responsible for payment, has failed to pay Rural Maintenance in excess of R3.3 million since September last year.
The Manapo Hospital serves as one of the pilot projects for the National Health Insurance (NHI) programme.
Public Works MEC, Ms Sisi Mabe, must immediately make payment to Rural Maintenance to ensure that Maluti-a-Phofung communities enjoy uninterrupted access to healthcare.
This is just another indication of the extent to which financial mismanagement and corruption continues unabated in the provincial government of Premier Ace Magashule. The ANC-led government is not serious about applying state resources to improve people’s lives and would rather spend that money on vanity projects.
The provincial department of health and education are already cash strapped leaving them unable to perform their functions.