Premier Mtsweni buckles under sustained DA pressure over state of public healthcare

The DA welcomes the removal of Gillion Mashego as MEC of Health in the province after sustained pressure from the Democratic Alliance (DA) and other organisations that witnessed and felt the deterioration of the Health Department under Mashego’s leadership.

According to Mpumalanga Premier, Refilwe Mtsweni, the reshuffle is in accordance with the strength of each member of the executive, meaning that she too could see that Gillion Mashego was out of his depth in the Health Department.

The DA has continuously lobbied for Mashego’s removal as he has repeatedly demonstrated that he does not care about the 3.9 million residents of Mpumalanga who rely on the state for healthcare. As Health MEC, Mashego ensured that the Department deteriorated to such an extent that there was just no money left to run the province’s hospitals and clinics effectively.

During his tenure as Premier, David Mabuza, protected Mashego and allowed him to continue plundering the province’s healthcare resources at the expense of the people of Mpumalanga.

While we welcome Mashego’s removal, it is concerning that he has been moved to the position of MEC of Public Works, Roads and Transport. By recycling the same people who destroy any service delivery initiatives and squander public funds, the ANC is once again demonstrating that it is not willing to bring change to the province but rather to keep well connected comrades in power positions while the people suffer.

During tomorrow’s press conference where we will outline the DA’s rescue plan for Mpumalanga’s Health Department, we will appeal to new Health MEC, Sasekani Manzini to reveal her priorities in her next 100 days as MEC of Health.

The DA will continue to monitor developments within the Health Department and work with MEC Manzini if she can demonstrate that she is committed to restoring dignity to the province’s healthcare sector.

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Jane Sithole, MPL
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