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
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