When are we going to call the government to account?
A FEW years ago, 34 people were massacred at Marikana by the police force and we were not outraged. Now 94 psychiatric patients have died as a result of the Gauteng health department’s ill-conceived decision to move them to unlicensed NGOs.
Still we are not outraged. The pertinent question is: what will it take for us to be outraged? Are 94 bodies not enough for us to say enough is enough? One day this government is going to kill us all and there will be no one left to tell the story.
After the health ombudsman, announced these patients died in Gauteng, I thought we were going to confront the government. I was wrong. We have forgotten about the matter and are moving on with our lives as if nothing happened.
How noble! These patients are one of the most vulnerable people in society. They need our care, love, support and protection. What kind of a society have we become? History is going to judge us harshly.
Former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu’s resignation letter didn’t sound remorseful – a cold comfort for the families of the deceased. Wasn’t Gauteng premier David Makhura supposed to resign too? The likeable premier claimed having no knowledge of the conditions the patients were subjected to. Interest- ingly, Section 27 says he knew.
Our liberators are turning to be our oppressors. And it seems we are waiting for a Messiah from somewhere to come and save us. Well, I have news: there is no Messiah who is coming to save us. We need to save ourselves. Thabile Mange
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