The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), has released a statement calling for the immediate resignation of the Eastern Cape Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba.
The Eastern Cape scooter debacle has become somewhat of a scandalous topic after Health Minister Zweli Mkhize deemed them unfit to meet the basic emergency medical services (EMS) regulations.
The EFF says what’s worse is that a whopping R10 million has been spent on them.
The EFF also said Gomba must personally pay back the wasted money.
There’s been some confusion around what the scooters were to be used for and what they will now be used for.
It was initially supposed to work as an emergency transport service (ambulance) for rural citizens but after being trashed by Mkhize, it was revealed that it could transport medication and other healthcare services.
Bongani Bingwa chatted to Fabkomp owner Brian Harmse whose company was awarded the R10 million tender. Harmse claimed the tender was for clinics, not ambulances.
However, the EFF is of a different view entirely. It said that instead of a change in purpose, the entire scooter fleet should be done away with completely and the money reimbursed.
“We call for the immediate resignation of the MEC of Health in the Eastern Cape and for her to personally pay back the money which was wasted on ineffective scooters.
“We can’t allow the waste of limited state resources, in a time of a global health pandemic to go unpunished, especially when there are visible signs of corruption,” he said.