- The DA has approached the South African Human Rights Commission to investigate the Eastern Cape "Scooter Project"
- The Department of Health came under scrutiny for the motorbikes which it rolled out last week
- The EFF has also slammed the Scooter Project, saying it disregards the dignity of black people
The DA says it has reported the Eastern Cape health department to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to investigate the suitability of the ‘Scooter Project’.
The Health Department has come under scrutiny for motorbikes that it rolled out in the Eastern Cape in the fight against Covid-19.
Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize announced the launch of the emergency medical services (EMS) ‘Scooter Project’ on 12 June during his visit in Eastern Cape, which was launched to transport patients or deliver medication in rural communities in the province amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The unveiling of these scooters was met with different reactions from the public and many criticised the government.
Briefly.co.za reported that many South Africans, including EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, lambasted the project which seemingly adopted an archaic idea from World War I.
The Citizen reported that DA MP Siviwe Gwarube said in a statement on Friday that the DA was in contention that the motorbikes are in contravention of Section 27 of the Constitution, which guarantees access to healthcare and prohibits the government from denying anyone access to emergency medical care.
"These motorbikes are not suitable for patient transport anywhere in the country, let alone in the rural Eastern Cape with little to no road infrastructure.
"This intervention by the Eastern Cape is denying access to healthcare and emergency care to those who will be confined to using this transport system. In addition, this mode of transport for the sick, needy and the elderly is unsafe and is undignified."
Gwarube said it was important for the SAHRC to investigate immediately before the programme was implemented in the province, said Algoa FM.
EFF leader Julius Malema also rejected the motorbikes, saying they disregard the dignity of black people.
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