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R20,000 helicopter ride to assist Gauteng premier’s brother
18 May 2010
SPECIAL TREATMENT? Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane
An amount of R20,000 was authorised by the Gauteng Health Department to transport, by helicopter, the late brother of Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.
The air flight was from the Yusuf Dadoo Hospital in Krugersdorp to the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital on 30 January this year, says Jack Bloom, the DA’s Gauteng health spokesman.
"This is despite the fact that no helicopter has been used to assist any other patient at this hospital for the past 10 years."
This information was revealed today by Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu in a reply to Bloom’s questions in the Legislature.
According to Mahlangu, the helicopter was authorized by the Medical Officer on duty at the hospital based on medical indications. She denied that the premier had contacted her in this case.
"My information is that ordinary patients often languish at the Yusuf Dadoo Hospital waiting for an ambulance to take them either to Leratong Hospital or to the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.
"Staff there are very bitter about the perceived favouritism in this case as patients often die waiting for the ambulance."
The late Mr Oliver Mkhize was seen in casualty in the morning on 30 January 2010, and in terms of normal protocol was to have been transferred to Leratong Hospital. Instead, he was airlifted to Charlotte Maxeke where he later died.
"It appears to me that there was special treatment in this case," Bloom said.
"All patients should be treated equally, with no preference due to political or other connections."