Alleged Corruption in the Expanded Medical Training Programme
Must Be Investigated

20 November 2014.

The IFP calls on the KZN MEC of Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo to urgently investigate the allegations of nepotism in the selection of medical students going to Cuba on the Expanded Medical Training Programme, after one of the applicants from Newcastle was denied boarding a flight to Cuba at the eleventh hour from King Shaka International Airport. 

"The applicant, Mr Siyabonga Mwelase was told that he was not allowed to board the flight to Cuba because he was suffering from a liver related illness which was not picked up in a medical examination which initially gave him a clean bill of health and qualified him to be part of this programme. This is a clear indication that many other young aspirant students could have missed out on the opportunity to fulfil their dreams due to nepotism in the selection of students.

This matter must be investigated urgently," said IFP Spokesperson on Health, Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana,MPL. 

"We condemn this in the strongest possible terms because this country is in dire need of medical professionals, especially in our rural areas. This young man has missed a great opportunity, and his country has lost a future doctor. If the MEC fails to attend to this matter, it will only discourage further participation in the Expanded Medical Training Programme," concluded Mrs Nkwanyana. 

The IFP demands that the MEC must make sure that Siyabonga Mwelase does get to participate in this programme since he has met all the requirements, including his health status. We want to see him boarding a plane to Cuba and he should not be forced, as it is alleged, to undertake some course at UKZN that he did not apply for. 


Issued by: 
Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana MPL, IFP Spokesperson on Health, 084 736 5183 / 078 302 3991 

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