- The scandal surrounding the R10 million scooter ambulance tender has taken an interesting turn
- Eastern Cape Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba has blamed the failed project on apartheid
- This comes after Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize confirmed that the bikes meant to help amid the Covid-19 pandemic didn't meet standards
Eastern Cape Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba has some unusual theories over why the province forked over R10 million on a project to use motorbikes in the fight against Covid-19.
Speaking to Parliament, Gomba blamed the situation on apartheid, saying that the province had been adversely affected by the regime that ended over two decades ago:
“The pandemic came unexpectedly and presented itself in a new dynamic. It has also exposed the weaknesses of our health system, and that’s all down to the design of apartheid. Our people must be dragged in wheelbarrows to access health services.”
Defending her department's embarrassing decision, Gomba continued to say that:
“Some believe the scooter project was an example of wasteful expenditure, but it just shows the inequalities in our society. I’m convinced that we are addressing the fundamental needs of our citizens in our vision for access to healthcare for all, and the Eastern Cape was bold enough to implement these interventions.”
Earlier, Briefly.co.za had reported that Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize had dubbed the project a failed endeavour.
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 some 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.
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