Sunday, March 02, 2014

Western Cape Opposition Party in South Africa Blocking the Training of Doctors in Cuba

Western Cape Province is experiencing a genocide in slow motion while the DA is blockading the training of doctors

23 February 2014

Our fraternal comrades in Cuba remain committed to training young South Africans in medicine. However, students in the Western Cape will not be afforded this generous opportunity, due to the nonsensical yet unsurprising attitude of the DA ("Democratic Alliance"). The Western Cape MEC for Health has disdained the necessity for trained doctors in the Western Cape through a neoliberal and narrow-minded ideological paradox.

The Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Blade Nzimande illustrated the malicious agenda of the DA MEC by highlighting that the Western Cape is the only province that does not make provision for students to study medicine in Cuba.

Theuns Botha is of the belief that the universities of Stellenbosch and Cape Town are capable enough to provide sufficient doctors to the Western Cape, as if the province is an independent state, and is if the province does not suffer from lack of medical professionals such as doctors as a scare and critical skill.

Hospitals servicing the poor such as GF Jooste, Somerset, Khayelitsha and New Mitchells Plain are in fact in a desperate need of more doctors. The high mortality rate in these hospitals is shocking and amounts to a genocide in slow motion. The DA must be held to account for this. The SACP rejects the illogical justification made by the MEC of Health, Theuns Botha.

The DA`s brash and ignorant explanations to construct a blockade against Western Cape medical students to studying in Cuba must be rejected with the contempt it deserves.

Thus, as the SACP in the province, we vehemently believe that sending medical students to Cuba should be of the highest priority in a stratified society such as ours. The medical students who study in Cuba assist our government in many ways towards the realisation of the goal of quality universal health care with focus on the philosophy of `prevention is better than cure` while attending to those who need cure expeditiously.

The SACP is the Western Cape is calling for national intervention and will put plans in place to confront DA`s `psychopathically don`t care approach`.

Issued by SACP Western Cape Province


Masonwabe Sokoyi - SACP Provincial Spokesperson
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