KZN MEC of Health Says People Suffering As A Result of A Stroke Must Die

18 November 2014.


The IFP has issued a challenge to the KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Senzo Mchunu to tell the public whether it is his government's policy that people who have suffered a stroke must die as was stated by the MEC of Health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo in Pietermaritzburg on Friday. 

"It is shocking that the MEC of Health, who is a medical doctor who took the Hippocratic Oath to heal patients, can just make a reckless and insensitive statement that people who are suffering as a result of a stroke must die because they are wasting government's funds, as it is too costly to take care of them.

Therefore, it is imperative for the Premier to respond to this statement because the people of this province want to know if this is a policy of the ANC provincial government," said IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL. 

"We demand that the Premier must take action against the MEC of Health for his irresponsible and uncaring utterances. This statement will encourage some nurses and doctors in our public hospitals and clinics to neglect people suffering as a result of a stroke because they are of no use and should be left to die. For sure medical staff will adhere to the call made by their boss who is the MEC," continued Mr Gwala. 

"MEC Dhlomo has proved in the past that he becomes angry when he sees hospitals and clinics full of people seeking medication for stroke. Instead of finding solutions to the problem of overcrowding at these health care facilities, he wants to see more people dying. This begs the question of how he will feel if people say he must die if one day he suffers stroke," concluded Mr Gwala. 

The IFP demands that MEC of Health, Dr Dhlomo must publicly apologise. Should he fail to do so he must be removed by the Premier. People cannot have a MEC who wants them to die rather than them being cured.


Issued by:
Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, 078 290 5842

For Media Enquiries:
IFP KZN Legislature Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675