William Saunderson-Meyer
3 minute read
30 Jan 2021
5:20 am

‘Sombre’ Cyril will be suitably shocked over hospital zoo

William Saunderson-Meyer

Tembisa Hospital is 'like a zoo of people supposed to look after patients'.

The main entrance of the Tembisa Hospital in Tembisa near Kempton Park, 20 January 2020. Picture Neil McCartney

Business Day reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa appeared “sombre” at the ANC lekgotla last weekend. That’s more serious than what eNCA pegged as his “rather sombre” bearing during his Christmas Eve speech. Whatever the state of Ramaphosa’s psyche at the lekgotla, the president made an interesting admission. He confessed that the National Health Service (NHI) that is supposed to replace the private healthcare sector by 2026 might not happen at the scale and speed intended, for economic reasons. This will come as an unpleasant surprise to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, who says the NHI is “non-negotiable” and would be implemented...