- The EFF is calling for the resignation of Eastern Cape Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba
- Gomba has come under fire for the medical scooter project, which had been questionable from the very beginning
- The R10 million project has cause some outrage and left the public confused, questioning the tender process as well
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The EFF has welcomed the decision to abandon what it calls "dehumanising and hazardous scooters programme" in the Eastern Cape.
The opposition party added that the Eastern Cape Health MEC must personally pay back the money which, in its opinion, was wasted on ineffective scooters.
The EFF released a statement in which it called for the head of Sindiswa Gomba. The EFF said she MEC should resign from her post immediately.
The controversial medical scooter project has sparked some outrage as Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has now done a U-turn on the project he unveiled on 12 June.
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When questioned about the project, Mkhize said the national Department of Health was not consulted on specifications before the procurement of the scooters. There appears to be come confusion over the use of the medical scooters.
They were initially supposed to operate as emergency transport services (ambulances) for rural citizens but after being trashed by Mkhize, it was revealed that they could transport medication and other healthcare services, said The South African.
The EFF called it ironic that Mkhize, who was present at the launch of "ridiculous" scooter programme and was seen as a beaming passenger in its carriages, has now realised that the scooters are inadequate.
DA MP Siviwe Gwarube is the one that questioned Mkhize about the scooter project. Since then, the conversations around the project have spiralled into waves of conflicting views that have left South Africans with more questions than answers.
The EFF said the scooter programme in the Eastern Cape is one of many corrupt enterprises of a government hell-bent on profiting from the Covid-19 pandemic.
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In April, News24 reported that Gomba also came under fire after she said "Andidikwe" ("I am fed up") without realising that her mic was still on during a video call with all provincial MECs.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that Brian Harmse, the director of of Fabkomp, the company that won the R10 million tender to supply the scooters, said the company has not been paid yet nor have they supplied any motorcycle to the Eastern Cape Health Department.
Harmse said the tender was meant to purely get medical services to the rural environment.
The department confirmed that the Bid Adjudication Committee (BAC) was reviewing the processes followed in the awarding of the contract.
Harmse's comments have raised even more questions from the public because there were scooters that were present at the unveiling on 12 June.
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