One of South African’s opposition parties the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called for the immediate removal of Limpopo health MEC Phophi Ramathuba. This comes shortly after a video in which Dr. Ramathuba told a Zimbabwean patient that she was not running a charity and that Zimbabweans should stop abusing South African hospitals.
Social media platforms went ablaze with discussions about the Doctor’s conduct after she blasted a Zimbabwean woman who had just received surgery.
In their statement the EFF labelled Dr. Ramathuba as a reckless populist, who is joining the pretentious and opportunistic campaign by the ANC to shift the responsibility of a collapsing Healthcare sector and degeneration in all spheres of South Africa on so-called foreign nationals.
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According to Phophi Ramathuba, all illegal Foreigners should go back home where they will get service. Because here in South Africa there is no budget for them.
The (EFF) is demanding for the immediate removal Dr. Phophi Ramathuba for her recent comments towards a patient in Bela Bela, Limpopo hospital.
In a video seen by Report Focus News, Ramathuba was addressing a patient who is a Zimbabwean citizen receiving medical attention in South Africa.
The party suggested that Ramathuba is not fit to hold the office of the MEC for department of Health in Limpopo and has violated the integrity of a patient.
“The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) calls for the immediate removal of the cynical arrogant and morally bankrupt MEC of Health in Limpopo, Phophi Ramathuba for her inhumane comments towards a sickly patient in a hospital in Bela Bela, Limpopo,” EFF National Spokesperson, Sinawo Thambo said.
The EFF viewed comments made by Ramathuba as the political head of the provincial health department as anti-African and cruel.
“The Afrophobic attack by Ramathuba on a bed-ridden patient is cruel and malicious and has no justification. It is a slippery slope, because health rights are human rights, and to attempt to rationalise the denial of the provision of healthcare on the basis of someone’s nationality, will lead to gross human violations whose logic is pure hatred.”
In the statement released by the EFF, the party claims that denying anyone provision of healthcare on the basis of their nationality will escalate to preventing patients from getting healthcare on the basis of tribe, provincial origin, and tax revenue contribution.
The EFF accused Ramathuba and the former health minister Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi of shifting the blame of a collapsing healthcare sector on foreign nationals.
“She is taking cue from her xenophobic principal Aaron Motsoaledi, and the various officials within the ANC, who are scapegoating their failures in governance on African people.” read the statement.
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