Tembisa Hospital skinny jeans

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health at Tembisa Hospital. Image: DA Gauteng.

Tembisa Hospital: No skinny jeans and leather arm chairs despite R1.5m payment

There is no sign of skinny jeans, leather arm chairs and hand towels in Tembisa Hospital due to “coding errors” despite payment being made.

Tembisa Hospital skinny jeans

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health at Tembisa Hospital. Image: DA Gauteng.

Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow MEC for Health in Gauteng, Jack Bloom says there are no skinny jeans, cloth hand towels or leather armchairs at the Tembisa Hospital despite the R1.5 million reportedly spent on these items. 

Bloom had visited Tembisa Hospital on Wednesday, 21 September to check whether these items had actually been delivered.

As previously reported, R498 000 was splurged on 200 pairs of skinny jeans for girls aged six to seven. That’s R2 500 each! The hospital also bought 2000 hand towels for R230 each.


During his visit, Bloom was accompanied by local DA councillors Selby Thekiso and Philip Thamahane, and they reportedly met the hospital’s Acting CEO Dr Mohlamme Mathabathe and his management team.

Bloom said they were informed that the Tembisa Hospital does not use cloth towels, only paper towels and there were no skinny jeans either, they were told that “coding errors” were to blame. 

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The paper towel that Tembisa Hospital uses even though an order for hand cloth towels was made. Image: DA Gauteng.

“In the case of the towels the word paper was omitted, and monocryl sutures should have been coded, not skinny jeans. They said that the 100 armchairs could be found in the ICU and high care wards.

“We then visited an ICU ward and were shown adjustable-height chairs without side-arms. When I pointed out that these were definitely not the leather wingback armchairs that were recorded as being bought for R5000 each, they again said it was a coding error.” 

Jack Bloom

Recently, Tembisa Hospital was flagged for spending R850 million in ‘possibly fraudulent’ payments. Their alarming accounts were first exposed by late whistleblower Babita Deokoran – who was assassinated a year ago. Suspended CEO Ashley Mthunzi was in the spotlight as amounts under R500 000 don’t have to go out to tender, and he can sign them off.

According to the DA in Gauteng, Tembisa  Hospital overspent its annual goods and services budget of R320 million by R734 million. 

“This year’s budget is still paying off the massive splurge of suspicious payments last year,” Bloom said. 

The DA has proposed that all hospital purchases should be on a public website so that irregularities can be picked up speedily by competing suppliers.

The party said this will halt the feeble excuse of “coding errors”.

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