Mbeki Fires Wrong Health Minister
Well, it had to happen: Thabo Mbeki has finally found a way to shake up the Health Ministry. Pity that he decided to do so by firing deputy minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, instead of minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang.
People all around the world have been calling for Manto to be sacked, without response. She is a disgrace to her profession, an embarrassment to the country, and a danger to its citizens. All Madlala-Routledge did wrong was to stand up for science and the health of her people, support AIDS programs that made sense and extend a hand of friendship to NGOs. Now, after an orchestrated effort on the part of the Presidency that is being hailed as a “dreadful error in judgment” and a “disgrace“, she’s out.
The Presidency, naturally, does not feel it needs to explain itself to the people who elected it. Presidential spokesperson Mukoni Ratshitanga told the South African Press Association he would pay people his month’s salary if they could find any country in the world where the president had to provide reasons for a dismissal. No worries, though, because Madlala-Routledge will apparently be speaking to the press tomorrow. I personally cannot wait to hear her side of the story.
Frankly, the entire episode just proves once again that the health of South African citizens must play second fiddle to the arrogance of their elected leaders, who continue to behave like an unconstitutional dictatorship, all the while screaming ‘democracy’ and ‘constitution’ any time it benefits them. Disgusting.