The DA today is laying charges against the MEC for Health in the Northern Cape, Mr Mac Jack, who should be held to account for gross negligence at the Kuruman Hospital, which falls under hisher purview.
According to reports this week residents of the small town have been horrified and disgusted by the human blood flowing through their streets and emanating from a manhole near the hospital.
In addition to the charges, the DA will also request the South African Human Rights Commission to investigate the matter.
The situation at Kuruman Hospital is completely unacceptable, however we have not yet heard a word on how his department plans to address this dire situation.
We are laying charges in terms of the National Environmental Management Waste Act of 2008. Section 26 (1) (a) (b) states that no person may dispose of waste, or knowingly or negligently cause or permit waste to be disposed of, in or on any land, water body or at any facility or dispose of waste in a manner that is likely to cause pollution of the environment or harm to health and well-being of others.
The Department of Health must clean up its act, and start restoring Kuruman Hospital. Urgent remedial action is needed in addition to trauma counselling for the residents and young children who witnessed the horrifying sight.
My colleague, Harold McGluwa MPL, will monitor and continue to drive this issue in the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature.
Wilmot James, DA Federal Chairperson
Source : Democratic Alliance