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Mkhize calls on DA MP Gwarube to apologise, retract ‘incorrect’ statement

The minister said he was shocked by Gwarube’s claims that he may have misled Parliament when he told her that the Maseve field hospital was nearing completion.

Siviwe Gwarube. Picture: @Siviwe_G/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has called on Democratic Alliance MP Siviwe Gwarube to apologise and retract her statement about a North West field hospital.

The minister said he was shocked by Gwarube’s claims that he may have misled Parliament when he told her that the Maseve field hospital was nearing completion.

The Health Department said Gwarube’s claims were baseless as they officially handed over the hospital to the province last month.

Mkhize said Gwarube must apologise to him and the nation for her false claims. The Health Department said Gwarube visited the job Shimankana Tabane Hospital in Rustenburg, not the Maseve field hospital, which she posted about on social media.

Mkhize said this was not the time to play politics.

“I was explaining that the other plans were not part of our response. She must publicly correct her statement because it created the wrong impression.”

The minister said Gwarube’s actions implied he misled Parliament, when he did not.

The MP has since taken to Twitter to clarify her comments.

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