JONATHAN JANSEN | This is not a holiday: the right health minister is a life-and-death matter

Here we are, in the middle of a pandemic, and the tourism minister takes over the health portfolio. It beggars belief

09 June 2021 - 20:54 By jonathan jansen

A few minutes before being wheeled into the operating theatre earlier this month, my doctor came to do his final briefing. “Good luck,” I said, as he turned to leave. The maxilla-facial surgeon looked at me with a slight puzzle in his face. Then he put his hand on my shoulder and said this: “Don’t worry. It’s what I do.” If I had any nerves, they were now settled.

My nerves were thoroughly rattled this week when the president appointed the minister of tourism as the acting health minister to replace the scandal-ridden Dr Zweli Mkhize. Before the announcement, a politically astute colleague at another university had warned me: “The problem is not getting rid of Mkhize; it’s who replaces him that worries me.” We have reason to worry...

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