#KZNOncologyCrisis: DA welcomes news that MEC Dhlomo will appear before the South African Human Rights Commission

Democratic Alliance media statement by Dr Imran Keeka, MPL

DA KZN Spokesperson on Health

 

#KZNOncologyCrisis: DA welcomes news that MEC Dhlomo will appear before the South African Human Rights Commission

The DA welcomes the announcement that the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has summoned KZN Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo to appear before them in terms of the SAHRC Act.

The MEC will now be required to answer the Commission’s questions regarding the province’s ongoing Oncology Crisis while under oath. In the event that he does not ‘come clean’, his answers can and must be used against him. The move will also allow the Commission the opportunity to further bind MEC Dhlomo to committing to real progress, instead of the propaganda and fake news he continues to dispense in an effort to make himself and his department look good.

The DA has been calling on the SAHRC to take legal action against the MEC for a while. We regard the Commission’s announcement as a victory for the multitudes of people in KZN that are suffering, have been condemned to an incurable disease and who have died while MEC played politics.

Particularly disappointing is the lack of response by KZN Premier, Willies Mchunu which has been extremely counter-productive. In leaving the MEC in his position, the Premier has allowed more people to die. It is difficult to comprehend why he cannot or will not hold a human rights violating member of his executive council to account. In so doing, he has also allowed this MEC and his Department to embarrass his government.

The DA is also uncomfortable with the lack of intervention by National Health Ombudsperson, Dr Malegapuru Makgoba, who has written to us stating that while he is fully supportive of the SAHRC findings and recommendations, he will not investigate any matter related to the oncology crisis. It is the DA’s view that he is compelled to do so by the SAHRCA. This is a matter we will seek clarity on from the Commission and our own legal experts.

The time for MEC Dhlomo’s ‘story-telling’ is over and he must remember that he will be under oath when he appears before the Commission. No amount of propaganda or spin-doctoring can help him now. The DA sincerely hopes that the appearance will see justice delivered and also bring closure for the many multitudes who have lost loved ones due to cancer and to those who continue to suffer.

With an election next year, the people of KZN have the opportunity to reject what is an uncaring ANC government. It is time for total change and a government that cares.

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