South African Minister Who Harassed Sick Zimbabwean Patient Faces Dismissal 

South African Provincial Minister, Phophi Constance Ramathuba who was recorded taunting a helpless patient on a hospital bed could face the axe.

Ramathuba who is also a medical doctor and Member of the Limpopo province Executive Committee (MEC) was recorded telling off a Zimbabwean patient that she is not obliged to operate on a foreign national.

Said Ramathuba;

You are killing my health system, when you guys are sick I hear you just say – let’s cross Limpopo, there is an MEC there who is running a charity department but this is not a charity department.

I am going to tell you something that is truthful and painful,  you know Stats SA goes to count people during census and tell that in Limpopo you have 5,7 million people, and tell me that out of 5,7 million 91 % do not have medical aid.

They are dependent on the State and only nine percent depend on private doctors.

Now I’m here, instead of using the budget for what it’s meant for I’m operating for what Mnangagwa is supposed to do.

That is why when my people of Limpopo want health services, they can’t get it and that is angering the community.

… you are not even registered anyway, you are not counted. You are even illegal and you are abusing me. This is unfair.

The video has provoked mixed emotions, with most Zimbabweans heartbroken on sight of their countryman enduring such humiliation.

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However, South African opposition party Economic Freedom Fighters has called for  Ramathuba to be fired from her position as the MEC and revocation of her license as a professional doctor.

Her entire ill-informed and inhumane performance and address to a sick patient awaiting surgery is inconsistent with all universal standards of patient confidentiality and dignity.

Why even address people in their dying bed about budgets and political limitations of healthcare? Why reject their applications for surgical operations by addressing them as a group in front of cameras and other people? Where is patient confidentiality and dignity?

We call for the revocation of her license as a professional doctor for undermining the code of ethics for medical doctors and trying to enforce a dompas system in Limpopo hospitals.

Finally, we call on her immediate removal as MEC. Our country cannot be led, at any level, by anyone who will not respect the dignity of African people. The MEC is a direct danger to our humanity as a people and the basic requirements of a conduct of health professional.

 

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South African Minister Who Harassed Sick Zimbabwean Patient Faces Dismissal

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