By Dr Imran Keeka, MPL, DA KZN Spokesperson on Health:
AS two of KZN’s biggest health institutions prepare for oversight visits today, it is fitting that the DA should remind provincial Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo, that not one individual in the appointed delegation to do so needs his special consent.
This despite the MEC’s earlier insistence to the contrary.
The group which comprises National Council of Province’s (NCOP) members and KZN Health and Finance portfolio committee members will visit Edendale and King Dinizulu Hospitals during the course of the day.
At the start of the visits on Monday, the Chairperson leading the NCOP delegation to KZN confirmed the need for MP’s and MPL’s to perform oversight over the provincial executive, going so far as to state that this is the core work of any MP or MPL.
The visits began well with a visit to Ngwelezane Hospital where we focused on ongoing construction and expansion of the hospital. A cursory view shows that, to date, timelines and milestones have been adhered to which is welcomed.
The DA will again raise the matter of the MEC’s insistence that the DA and others obtain permission from him before visiting state health institutions.
We will do so at the next Sitting of the KZN Legislature scheduled for Thursday, 27 August.
State healthcare facilities in KZN are not the MEC’s private property and DA MP’s and MPL’s will continue to perform their oversight duties as mandated by the people of our province.
We maintain our view that he has exceeded his authority and is completely unreasonable in making such demands.
The DA will continue to do its work whether the MEC likes it or not.