Acting Health Minister given 5 key priorities by DA

Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane. Photo: Flickr / GCIS

DA wants THESE five things from Acting Health Minister

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has given Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane 5 key priorities that she needs to focus on.

Acting Health Minister given 5 key priorities by DA

Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane. Photo: Flickr / GCIS

The Democratic Alliance(DA) has given Acting Health Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane 5 key priorities she needs to hit the ground running with in her current portfolio.

Dr Zweli Mkhize was officially placed on leave by President Ramaphosa, forcing the long-serving ANC stalwart to vacate his position in Cabinet on a temporary basis. The decision came after Mkhize was implicated in a suspicious R150 million government contract with Digital Vibes.


According to the DA South Africa’s vaccine rollout plan has been criminally slow and marred with both avoidable and unavoidable delays.

Accelerate the vaccine rollout programme: The acting Minister must ensure that the vaccines that in the country are dispersed as quickly as possible to the remaining frontline workers and older persons over 60 years of age.

Clarity from the national regulator on the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccines in the country: “It is critical that the assessment by SAHPRA is conducted and concluded soon. This is important for the rollout of the vaccine and also the public trust in the vaccination process. Should these vaccines found to not be suitable for use, the President must immediately make a pronouncement on how the target of vaccinating 40 million South Africans by year end will be met.”

Resolution of the EVDS system glitches for smooth registration and rollout of the vaccine: The DA alleges that the online appointment system has been fraught with challenges, many of which are simply basic.

“People are not receiving their texts confirming appointments and yet many vaccine sites are ready for the administering of the jab. It is absolutely crucial that this is resolved and as many people over the age of 60 and healthcare workers are prioritized. This is especially important considering that South Africa is now firmly in the 3rd wave and many more people vulnerable to this virus need to be prioritised.”

Ensuring the SIU investigation is inhibited: “Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane will need to make sure that the work of the SIU in so far as it concerns the department is done without any undue influence so that the institution can make credible findings in this regard. The scapegoating of officials is a typical and tired strategy used to shield politicians from accountability which cannot be allowed.”

A united departmental senior management team: According to the DA, the Acting Minister’s immediate priority should be to ensure continuity alongside with the deputy minister. “Once again, South Africans cannot be made to suffer shoddy services in the middle of a global pandemic.”

DA Shadow Minister of Health, Siviwe Gwarube said that it is an absolute indictment that in the middle of June – exactly 15 months after this pandemic hit South Africa- thousands of healthcare workers remain vulnerable to the 3rd of COVID19 infections.

According to the Department of Health, South Africa has administered just over 1.7 million vaccines.