Real accountability needed for generator fail at Joburg Hospital

By Jack Bloom MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health:

I welcome the firing of the in house engineer at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (CMJAH) but there has to be real accountability for the mass generator failure that occurred there yesterday.

I suspect that he is a quick scapegoat for failures at a more senior level.

There needs to be a public enquiry into the causes of the generator failure which endangered the lives of many patients and severely disrupted the operation of the hospital.

I have previously questioned why a fishy company called Opsense Management Consultants was appointed without a tender process in 2011 to service the generators at CMJAH.

According to official company records, Opsense is a closed corporation with an address in Phokeng in the North West Province, and was in the process of deregistration.

Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu was previously MEC for Infrastructure Development which is responsible for hospital generators, and in this capacity she declared at a press conference in March 2013: “I can now confidently stand before you and say that in the event of a power outage, generators at Chris Hani Baragwanath and the generators at Charlotte Maxeke will power the hospitals.”

Mahlangu has repeated promised since then that all generators will work, but we have still had many failures, including at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

She is the one who should be fired for incompetence and failed promises.