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Mashaba claims Gauteng is “woefully unprepared” amid COVID-19 second wave

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Herman Mashaba took to Twitter and shared a series of posts highlighting his lack of confidence in David Makhura to deal with Gauteng being the country’s epicentre of the pandemic.

Leader of ActionSA, Herman Mashaba first released a statement on Tuesday, 12 January 2021, detailing his critical opinion on Gauteng Premier, David Makhura and his management of the province as the current epicentre of the pandemic in the country. The situation was forecast as early as December 2020, due to the anticipated return of the workforce to the province after the festive season.

The statement read, “Of greatest concern, is the revelation that the Gauteng Provincial Government, between June 2020 and January 2021, was only able to produce an additional 508 critical care beds. The Premier’s promise of additional beds by the end of January demonstrates the lack of planning for Gauteng’s second wave.

“I wrote to the Premier last week asking for information about the additional hospital beds, medical personnel, ventilators and oxygen. These are the interventions that have proven to save lives in the efforts to combat this global pandemic.”

In populating the statement, Mashaba lambasted Makhura over a number of supposed examples of incompetence. A contentious matter that Mashaba rehashed was the province’s alleged failure to adequately address the Life Esidimeni saga, which saw scores of mentally and physically handicapped people allegedly facing mistreatment at the hands of healthcare workers.

See the post below.

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