Nehawu condemns COVID-19 corruption

Union Nehawu has been highly critical of alleged corruption in the procurement of PPE, as well as of the Health Department's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Deputy general-secretary December Mavuso discusses this. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) has been highly critical of alleged corruption in the procurement of PPE as well as of the Health Department's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deputy general-secretary December Mavuso said the union is concerned that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has repeated statements without taking action.

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Mavuso said it would be difficult for the department to investigate all the cases brought to its attention within the deadlines it has imposed on itself.

"The minister seems not to believe any reports and information he has been given by workers and ourselves in the report presented to him last week. He still wants to undertake an investigation that is still going to take 14 days before he takes action."

"If you're going to run an investigation for 14 days, are you going to be able to cover the more than 300 hospitals? So which hospitals are they going to? For instance, we don't believe that you need an investigation to go to Livingston Hospital. The minister was there," Mavuso said.

The union representative said the minister has called for actions that have been collectively agreed upon as early as April and said action must now be taken.

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