Health Minister: NW clinic an ATM card used by Guptas

The medical organisation is contracted by the province’s health department to provide health services to its rural communities.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi visited the Mediosa mobile clinic in the North West on Friday, 2 March 2018. Picture: Hitekani Magwedze/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has described the Mediosa mobile clinic contract in the North West as a mobile ATM card used by the Gupta family to withdraw money from government.

The medical organisation is contracted by the province’s health department to provide health services to its rural communities.

But the minister says the health system has no need for the service because government institutions are equipped for the same role.

The Health Minister says Mediosa is redundant.

“The health service in South Africa does not need this service at all. In fact, I don’t think it would be wrong to characterise it as an ATM card through which the Guptas are withdrawing money from the Department of Health.”

He says he wants the service terminated.

“I will ask that service be terminated so that whoever entered into this contract must find a way to terminate it.”

Motsoaledi says he is pleading with law enforcement authorities to thoroughly investigate the contract.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)