I fail to understand why people believe that if they shout on top of their voices Thabo Mbeki will fire Manto Tshabalala-Msimang. We have heard all the reasons why, but there is only one reason that we don’t want to admit. Manto is one minister who is prepared to die for this government stance on HIV and AIDS. Manto is implementing the government policy wrong as they are without question. If we think that Beetroot and what ever Manto is talking about is of her own imagination ask yourself why no one in government is questioning her at least in public. I think people who should be fired are those noisemakers in that cabinet including their boss. Madlala Routledge was fired because she was not executing what The President wanted… we all know his stance on HIV.
Their response to Free Hospital saga was an indication of the attitude of government to public hospital. (The poor deserve those conditions) What they were saying to us is that the situation in Frere Hospital is not different to Bara, Cecelia Makhiwane, Prince Mshiyeni or any other public hospital that you may think of. According to this government what happened in Frere hospital is not a cause for concern. I wonder if the minister can go and tell the parents who lost their children in that hospital that all is well at the hospital. I know the feeling from experience we lost a child due to negligence at Johannesburg Hospital in 2003. I don’t think there is anyone who can come and tell me all is well when I know exactly what led to that painful experience even worse I came agonisingly close to losing my wife too. That is the experience the president do not know Manto doesn’t know it either. Unfortunately not all of us can afford private health, but as things stand the government making show that it is the only option or go and die in public hospital.