Coalition calls for MEC’s head

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The Free State Health Crisis Coalition, led by the Treatment Action Campaign, delivered memorandums at the Park Road Police Station and the Free State National Prosecuting Authority last week. PHOTO: MOEKETSI MOGOTSI

The Free State Health Crisis Coalition delivered memorandums at the Park Road Police Station and the Free State National Prosecuting Authority to demand that a two-year corruption investigation against the Health MEC conclude swiftly.
The coalition, led by the Treatment Action Campaign, said the MEC had robbed an elderly lady of a good chance of recovery when she was forced to give up her bed in ICU for a relative of then Agriculture minister, Mosebenzi Zwane, at the Dihlabeng Hospital in Bethlehem in June 2014.
The TAC laid charges of corruption against Malakoane in September 2014 after this incident. The coalition is accusing the police and the NPA of delaying Zwane’s subpoena – hence dragging out the legal process.
NPA spokesperson, Phaladi, said they didn’t have enough information on the matter but that they would respond to the list of demands within the next week.
He added: “The matter is still under investigation, so it’s only upon completion of the investigation that we can receive the documents.”
The organisation will be presenting a few of their issues in a closed session with the premier and other heads of departments on Wednesday (18 May) at the Free State Legislature.
The Free State Health Crisis Coalition includes: Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa (CHOC), Freedom of Expression Network, Hospersa, Khothalang Mental Disability, MACUA, Free State Community Healthcare Workers’ Task Team, NUMSA, People’s Health Movement, Petsana Residents’ Association, Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP), Right2Know, SECTION27, Stars Youth Club, Stop Stockouts Project, Treatment Action Campaign, and the United Front. – Moeketsi Mogotsi
moeketsi@centralmediagroup.co.za