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DA wants EC Health Dept placed in administration

The party claims that it is failing in key areas such as testing and tracing as COVID-19 infections increase in the province.

Eastern Cape Health MEC Sidiswa Gomba. Picture: @healthecmec/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) wants the Eastern Cape Health Department to be placed under administration.

The party claims that it is failing in key areas such as testing and tracing as COVID-19 infections increase in the province.

The official opposition has written to the Health Minister asking that he consider stepping in to help the department.

The Constitution allows the national executive to intervene when a department or province can't or fails to fulfil any obligation in terms of the ultimate law of the land.

In the case of the Eastern Cape, the DA said that the province's Health Department wasn't able to tackle its coronavirus outbreak effectively enough.

The party's Siviwe Gwarube said that the province's health system was broken and was failing to deal with rising infections.

"What is clear is that the province, from the Premier's own admission is incapable of being able to deal with the pandemic and the demands of the pandemic on the health system. The COVID-19 outbreak found the provincial department that is in disarray."

Gwarube pointed to the DA-run Western Cape, which she said that even with rising cases, the province had led the way.

For official information about COVID-19 from the Department of Health, please click here.

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