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Members of Operation Dudula leading a march in Cape Town. visited six factories in Cape Town. Photo: @ProkoreurG / Twitter

‘Our African brothers’: EFF condemns ‘attacks’ at Kalafong Hospital

The EFF has condemned what it says are xenophobic attacks immigrants who are denied access at Kalafong Hospital in Tshwane.

Kalafong Hospital immigrants EFF

Members of Operation Dudula leading a march in Cape Town. visited six factories in Cape Town. Photo: @ProkoreurG / Twitter

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Gauteng has condemned Operation Dudula for allegedly blocking immigrants from accessing healthcare at Kalafong Hospital in Tshwane and other Gauteng hospitals.

It has been widely reported that Operation Dudula members are allegedly using skin colour and language to ascertain if one is South African or not and if they will get access to healthcare services. The EFF has since labelled this as xenophobic attacks “against our African brothers”.


The EFF said South African law does not in any way allow protestors to deny migrants access to medical care and that such is a blatant human rights violation.

The party also accused the Department of Health of failing in its mandate to provide quality healthcare to people, saying that such leads to cheap propaganda which suggests that immigrants are responsible for the collapse of the health system.

“Immigrants are not to blame for the collapse of the health system, Operation Dudula and similar elements should rather direct their anger to those found guilty of looting hospital money for skinny jeans like in the case of Tembisa Tembisa,” the party said.

According to Doctors Without Borders‘ Health Promotion Supervisor in Tshwane, Sibusiso Ndlovu, one of the patients denied care at Kalafong Hospital on Thursday, 25 August was a migrant woman who was 37 weeks pregnant with high blood pressure. MSF said the patient had to seek help from a local clinic instead, which was not equipped to provide adequate treatment.

MSF Medical Activity Manager in Tshwane, Dr Tasanya Chinsamy said when patients are denied the appropriate level of care initially their conditions often worsen and they return as emergency patients.

“Their risk of becoming more ill or dying is thus greatly increased, as is the cost to the government. Nobody benefits and the most vulnerable suffer disproportionately regardless of their nationality or legal status,” she said .

The Government Communication Information System (GCIS) also condemned what is happening at Kalafong Hospital saying denial of access goes against the tenets of the South African democracy.

“In South Africa, the right to access basic health services is a basic human right that is guaranteed by the Constitution. South Africa is governed by the rule of law, which makes provision for every person in the country, regardless of their nationality or documentation status to access healthcare,” Phumla Williams said.

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