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SACP Gauteng condemns the Shameless Feeding Frenzy Off the Life Esidimeni tragedy

15 May 2018

The South African Communist Party (SACP) Gauteng Province condemns with the contempt it deserves the opportunistic and shameless attempt by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to use the pain of families who lost their loved ones in the Life Esidimeni tragedy to gain political points.

It is precisely for the simple reason that in the DA "black life is cheap" that the it has once again violated and directly attacked the plea by the families that the tragic loss of life not be used for narrow political interests.

We are convinced that the motion of no confidence of the DA has absolutely nothing to do with the interests of the affected families but narrow political interests of the DA. Yet again, the DA's obsession with the 2019 National and Provincial Elections has proven to be at the expense of working class families and that of the survivors of the tragedy.

We welcome the defeat of this senseless Motion of No Confidence against Premier David Makhura by our revolutionary Alliance partners the African National Congress (ANC) in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature and the commitment by the Gauteng Provincial Government to continue working with the families and survivors.

We commend Premier Makhura for a sterling and profound leadership he tirelessly and consistently demonstrated by working with the families, appointing an investigation led by Professor Malegalapuru Makgoba, appointing Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke for the arbitration process and finally for publicly taking final responsibility for the tragedy. This we believe constitute the essence of the best that humanity could be and therefore applaud the leadership of the Premier.

We also salute the ANC Caucus members for their revolutionary combative defeat of the DA teetering on the brink of internal racial implosion and lingering racial heritage.

We also thank the families for their absolute confidence in the leadership of the provincial government led by David Makhura.

We remain resolute that the outcomes of the Moseneke report and that of Professor Makgoba confirm the need for the Provincial Alliance Health Summit which will give the revolutionary Alliance of the ANC, SACP, COSATU and SANCO the opportunity to get to the bottom and root-cause of the problem.

We are confident that the Alliance Health Summit will provide the necessary platform to attend to the contradictions of the entire Health service and system in our province and speedily pave the way for the National Health Insurance (NHI).

Issued by the SACP Gauteng province Contact:

Jacob Mamabolo -
SACP Gauteng
Provincial Secretary
Mobile: 082 884 1868

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