- The failed Covid-19 scooters have allegedly been repurposed as community police and search and rescue vehicles
- Images of the scooters refitted to carry dogs and branded with SAPS logos have appeared online
- This has not been confirmed but the public is not impressed if it is the case
Tumi Sole took to Twitter to reveal that the Covid-19 scooters have allegedly been converted into community policing and search and rescue vehicles.
Tumi felt that the scooters would make good search and rescue vehicles and he admired the province for re-utilising the transports.
"Did they just convert that shandis to this now? I don’t think they are bad for the search & rescue. You got to admire the spirit of ukufosta though in that province."
This is what Mzansi had to say about the alleged refitting of the scooters:
When the scooters were first revealed people were not so thrilled at the idea of travelling to the hospital in one of them, especially if you were infected with Covid-19.
The scooters cost the taxpayers R10 million and ended up a complete failure. Earlier, Briefly.co.za had reported that 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.”
In other news, 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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