DA TO HOLD ROLLING PICKET OUTSIDE EASTERN CAPE HEALTH DEPARTMENT

While the ANC marches against freedom of expression tomorrow (Tuesday, 29 May 2012) at the Goodman Gallery, the DA will be protesting in solidarity with the plight of those suffering as a result of the healthcare meltdown in the Eastern Cape and Limpopo.

Nothing could illustrate the priorities of each party better. The ANC’s focus is on shutting down the open society to protect a powerful clique from scrutiny. The DA’s focus is to find ways to build the opportunity society so that all South Africans have a shot at true freedom.

I will open the Eastern Cape picket with Patricia Kopane (MP), DA Shadow Minister of Health, outside the Dukumbana building in Bhisho at 10:00.

We will submit memorandums of demands in solidarity with –

• People unable to get treatment at local facilities due to nurse and doctor shortages

• Patients unable to access life-saving chronic medication

• Staff and patients coping with crumbling facilities and a lack of equipment

We will demand that solutions to the basic governance problems common to both provinces be implemented. The solutions we will be calling for are based on tested methods we are applying where we govern.

Pickets will begin at 10:00 on Tuesday morning (29 May) and continue throughout the week. We must not allow factional mobilisation within the ANC to detract from the substantive issues affecting the people of South Africa.

Media enquiries:

John Cupido (MPL)

DA Shadow MEC for Health

083 336 6987

Cecile Greyling

Media Officer

083 466 2320