Letter to the Editor – MEC’s next move will reveal true colours

Dr Imran Keeka, MPL

DA KZN Spokesperson on Health

Letter to the editor

For Publication

24 February 2015:

What happens next at Stanger Hospital will reveal whether the MEC for Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo and his department are serious about addressing the very real problems at this institution.



Earlier this week, claims that the hospital was a‘butchery’ emerged following media reports of severe malpractice.


The subsequent visit to this facility by the MEC has done little to quell the DA’s concerns – this after he previously stated that all was well at the hospital.

The MEC cannot pretend that this is the case. Nor can he feign ignorance.

Some eight months ago, the DA received a litany of very serious complaints – many relating to malpractice – which we forwarded to the MEC for response.

After he failed to respond to our correspondence, we took the step of forwarding documentation to the province’s health ombudsman, who has confirmed receipt of this information.

The MEC has stated that he will visit the hospital again.  What he does next will reveal how committed both he and his department are to running a clean ship, where vulnerable people are put first rather than any internal political connections.

The DA will continue to monitor the situation at this hospital.  We trust that the investigation by the health ombudsman will be conducted in an impartial manner in the interests of patients.