- Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has denounced DA MP Siviwe Gwarube for 'lying and misleading the public'
- This comes after the opposition representative claimed that the Maseve Field Hospital was simply an empty field
- Gwarube reportedly apologised over the comments before claiming that the minister had attempted to explain himself
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Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has issued a statement on commented made by DA MP Siviwe Gwarube.
Gwarube reportedly claimed that the Maseve Field Hospital in the North West is an 'empty field' and Mkhize has since gone public with his dim view of the situation:
"She persisted with her allegations and preposterously changed her story to suit her false narrative and cheap political agenda of opposing anything by government, to the extent of her lying and misleading the public."
Mkhize claims that he had given Gwarube a 'courtesy' call to correct the mistake during which he claimed an apology and admission of a mistake was put forward.
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The minister claims the MP had continued with her narrative in a bid to 'remain relevant' and demanded a public apology:
"The Minister has asked Gwarube several times and we make the plea again: this is not the time to play politics. This is a time to work together and provide solutions- not to create confusion. If Gwarube is at all honourable, she must do the honourable thing: retract her statement and apologize to the Minister and the public."
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that Democratic Alliance interim leader John Steenhuisen has weighed in on the establishment of a committee to probe allegations of corruption relating to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Steenhuisen, like many citizens, was left unimpressed by the idea of ministers looking into crimes committed under their rule.
In a scathing post to social media, Steenhuisen called President Cyril Ramaphosa out over the move:
"Mr President Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africans are tired of empty gestures and feeble attempts at placating them. They want to see action from you."
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