Free State Health Crisis: SAHRC to investigate Department of Health

Mariette Pittaway, MPL

Free State Provincial Legislature

The DA welcomes the announcement by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) that it would investigate Human Rights violations by the Free State provincial Department of Health.

The DA has fought a long battle spanning almost six months for the department to be investigated.

Public healthcare in the province is in crisis and Health MEC Malakoane and his department has failed to respond positively to our constructive engagement that sought to turn the situation around.

The DA first approached the SAHRC requesting it to launch an investigation in June earlier this year. We raised serious concerns and provided sufficient prima facie evidence that would warrant an investigation, but our initial request was unfortunately denied.

Our request for an SAHRC investigation into the department is purely for the benefit of the people of the Free State. The DA is not in the business of playing politics with people’s lives.

We trust that the SAHRC will conduct its investigation with the urgency that it deserves and we look forward to the Commission’s findings and recommendations that would compel the provincial Department of Health to implement an honest and dedicated strategy that would seek to bring public healthcare in the province up to acceptable standards of best medical practise.