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Ramokgopa: Dept functioning despite seized furniture, office equipment

The furniture was attached last week in order to pay for a medical negligence claim.

FILE: Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa has confirmed the department has had furniture and office equipment seized but says this has not affected operations.

The furniture was attached last week in order to pay for a medical negligence claim.

The claim relates to a child who suffered brain damage when she was born at the Pholosong Hospital in December 2009.

The sheriff of the court took equipment, including computers, printers, desks, chairs, fridges and microwaves.

But Ramogopa says her department is continuing as normal.

“It’s not correct that we’re not functional and there’s a process of getting over the challenges. So if there are disputes with one way or the other ... sheriffs do come in and out. But the department is functioning.”