The incompetence displayed by the Eastern Cape health department is a glaring example of the government’s betrayal, Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele has said.
“When we gained our freedom, we … built solid foundations on which to grow a prosperous society that redressed the many wrongs of the past,” she said today in a speech prepared for delivery in Mthatha, Eastern Cape.
“Denying people access to decent healthcare is a fundamental departure from the principles on which this nation is founded.”
After nearly 20 years of democracy, leaders had failed to deliver on the promise of freedom for which so many people fought and died, Ramphele said.
A report compiled by, among others, Section 27 and the Treatment Action Campaign, was released yesterday and detailed stories of patients not getting help at hospitals and clinics because of a lack of medications in Eastern Cape.
It also described hampered service delivery as a result of the poor state of healthcare facilities.
Ramphele said the time had come to restore the promise of a free South Africa.
“Our country has reached a crossroads. We need change now, before things get worse and the damage becomes too difficult to fix.”
This was why a new government was needed in 2014, she said.
Corruption was at the core of what was wrong in the country. This was not the legacy past leaders had in mind, Ramphele said.
“This is not the country dreamed of by our beloved Madiba, by Steve Biko or Lillian Ngoyi, by Ruth First or Robert Sobukwe or Chief Albert Luthuli or Charlotte Maxeke or Cecilia Makiwane.
“Once again, our country needs modern-day heroes and heroines to save it from the cancer of corruption that has become integral to the politics of our young new nation,” she said.
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