The Congress of the People has expressed disappointment that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address on Monday evening did not include the announcement of a new Minister of Health.
If says it doesn’t understand why it is so difficult for the President to fire Health Minister Zweli Mkhize who has been placed on special leave and appoint a permanent minister.
COPE spokesperson Dennis Bloom says the country is facing a deadly pandemic and consistency is needed.
“You cannot have an acting minister who must man two ministries. It is not possible because this fight of corona virus is a heavy fight. Now we can’t understand why. It is more than a month that Zweli Mkhize was placed on special leave but up until now we don’t hear anything about him.”
DA expected announcement on Health Minister
The Democratic Alliance (DA) says they were expecting Ramaphosa to announce the new Minister of Health in his address. The party says the country is facing a health crisis and a permanent minister is urgently needed.
DA leader John Steenhuisen says Ramaphosa is not taking accountability and did not touch on the violence which took place in Phoenix north of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
“Are we still sitting with the security cluster sitting and laying at the same table making the same bad decisions? I think what South Africans were looking for was some form of accountability. The country is in a deep crisis and I also think it is outrageous that parliament is not sitting when the country is burning actually in crisis.”
Political parties react to President Ramaphosa’s address