- EFF leader Julius Malema has challenged President Cyril Ramaphosa to donate his salary to improve the public healthcare system
- Malema said Ramaphosa was already a billionaire and did not need his salary
- The EFF declared 2018 the year of public healthcare and have vowed to protest at every government hospital accused of bad service delivery
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has challenged President Cyril Ramaphosa to donate his presidential salary of R3.6 million per year to improve the public healthcare system.
Malema said Ramaphosa does not need the money because he is already a billionaire. Forbes estimates Ramaphosa’s net worth to be in the region of R5.2 billion.
The EFF leader was speaking at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto. “It is the biggest hospital but it has degenerated. Cyril’s house in Cape Town which he bought with his own money is more beautiful than a children’s ward at Bara,” Malema said.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the EFF leader visited the facility on Wednesday as part of the party’s year of public healthcare campaign.
The EFF has promised to protest at every government hospital which has been accused of bad service delivery or mistreating its patients.
Malema told the crowd that they should record incidents of hospital staff mistreating patients on their phones. He also urged people to take pictures of the dilapidated state of hospitals and health facilities.
The EFF handed over a memorandum of demands to the hospital’s management team. The Gauteng Department of Health said it would study the demands and deal with the issues raised by the EFF.
Malema added that the ANC led government was failing patients and employees of the health department.
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