The president hopes the forum will guard against the corruption that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize admitted would be a ‘threat’ to his new universal healthcare bill.So says Daniel Friedman in the Citizen
There are two arguments that all South African’s can agree on regardless of their background or political positioning – Corruption is the most critical threat to our country, and universal access to healthcare is vital in improving the overall health of our population. No country can survive or thrive where billions of Rands are stolen or where life expectancy and other health indicators are amongst the poorest in the world.
We hope that this new forum will not be another talk shop/echo chamber of what’s wrong without coming up with any workable solutions – and then actually implementing them.
When it comes to corruption, I want to see those responsible in orange overalls. Anything short of that will simply not be good enough.
So while the jury may still be out on its potential effectiveness, this initiative is welcomed, and we look forward to seeing and drawing confidence that the NHI will be free of any corruption or maladministration.