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Govt. needs to invest in SA's health - Malema

Malema says treating Madiba at a govt. hospital would be a motion of confidence for public service.

Hundreds of people gathered in Sebokeng for an Economic Freedom Fighters rally on 13 July 2013. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Leader Julius Malema said on Saturday former President Nelson Mandela's health would be placed in jeopardy if he was receiving treatment at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

Mandela is being treated at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria for a recurring lung infection.

Malema was addressing supporters at an EFF rally in Sebokeng.

After a lengthy absence from the South African political arena, the expelled ANC Youth League leader announced the official formation of the EFF on Thursday afternoon.

He is currently on a campaign trail for next year's general elections.

He said government needs to invest more in the country's health facilities so that people like Mandela and other ministers could be treated at the hospital.

Baragwanath is currently the largest hospital in the Southern Hemisphere, but has been marred with mismanagement and a lack of adequate facilities.

Malema said treating Mandela at the Baragwanath Hospital would show the public that government has confidence in its health care system.

"We should have used Baragwanath.Just imagine Mandela was at the Baragwanath Hospital. It was going to be very good because it would be passing a motion of confidence in our public services."

The Mediclinic Heart Hospital is private facility.

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