The Economic Freedom Fighters war against poor public health has begun. Commander in Chief Julius Malema led a demonstration to the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, on Wednesday, where he says conditions shame the name of the stalwart.
The red berets campaign for free quality public health has gone from strategy to the streets.
In Soweto, Chris Hani Baragwanath is said to be the 3rd biggest hospital in the world, but EFF says conditions in the hospital shame the legacy it is named after.
Malema says, “We came here to say to the Department of Health, to the president, let us improve our public health today.”
But the shame doesn’t end. The EFF has opened a call centre – so that anyone anywhere in the country can report poor service.
“We don’t want a repeat of Life Esidimeni. You cannot have a minister who says I didn’t know. So, it’s not true that the minister didn’t know about Life Esidimeni and Bara, and we know those people are arrogant because they are related to ANC and Nehawu.”
Complaints the EFF has received include racist doctors who avoid touching black patients and healthcare workers who victimise HIV positive patients.
The EFF also marched to Tshwane and Mpumalanga. Also the highest office in the land was not spared.
“I want to challenge President Cyril Ramaphosa who is a billionaire. You say you care about people; stop taking a salary and donate the money here so we can save lives.”
EFF says it showed with free higher education and its victory with expropriation of land without compensation is another example and now public health is next.
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