white mentality Gauteng Health Department


DA file racism complaint after doctor tells MP to adjust her “white mentality”

The party have reported the doctor for “unethical behaviour”.

white mentality Gauteng Health Department


The DA are set to file a complaint with the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), claiming that a doctor at Bela Bela hospital was racist towards their MP.

Jacques Smalle is the provincial leader for the party in Gauteng. He was conducting an oversight of the facility – just north of Pretoria – alongside the Lindy Wilson, the shadow deputy minister of health.

Why are the DA filing a racism complaint with SAHRC?

It was Wilson who allegedly bore the brunt of the exchange. In a communication shared by the DA, Smalle claims that a doctor told his colleague that “she must not come with her white mentality”. This, in his book, was grounds for racial abuse.

DA Shadow Deputy Minister of Health, Lindy Wilson MP, accompanied by DA Provincial Leader, Jacques Smalle MPL, conducted an oversight inspection at this hospital following complaints by community members that patients are being turned away. It is alleged that a patient died as a result.

What did Dr Sithole say that was “racist”?

“At the hospital, Ms Wilson was snubbed by Dr Dan Sithole that ‘she must not come with her white mentality’ when she raised the concerns and reasons for the oversight.”

“The DA finds such behaviour abhorrent and will not tolerate racist remarks hurled at one of our Members of Parliament while conducting a Constitutionally mandated oversight inspection.”

“White mentality” jibe sparks anger

Not only will the DA take their grievances to the SAHRC, but they’re also intent on complaining to the Health Practitioners Council of South Africa. They believe Dr Sithole behaved in an “unethical manner”.

Sithole, the clinical manager at Bela Bela, was engaged in a discussion regarding complaints that some patients have been stopped from getting treatment – an issue exacerbated by the recent death of someone who was unable to receive healthcare from the facility.