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Zithabiseni: Blame for terrible conditions being shifted

The national government and the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Patricia de Lille, are trying to shift the blame for the terrible conditions at the Zithabiseni quarantine facility in Mpumalanga to the provincial government in Mpumalanga.

This came to light during a parliamentary Portfolio Committee meeting on Public Works and Infrastructure.

During the meeting, the FF Plus brought the terrible state of the quarantine facility, about which the FF Plus has received various complaints, to Minister De Lille's attention and pointed out to the Minister that there are various shortcomings at the facility, like poor food, a shortage of water and electricity as well as a lack of proper hygiene.

In the FF Plus's view, this quarantine facility, which was made available to people who enter South Africa by crossing the borders with neighbouring countries, was in no way prepared to accommodate these people. The details of all these quarantine facilities must be made available to Members of Parliament so that these members can fulfil their oversight role.

The conditions at these facilities are a big problem and it must be addressed. These places are uninhabitable and it is unacceptable that people are being housed there. The FF Plus demanded to know what the government is going to do to solve the problem.

The Director-general of the Department, Mr Sam Vukale, responded by saying that the relevant provincial governments are responsible for these facilities.

The FF Plus, however, pointed out to Minister De Lille that the response was clearly an attempt to shift the blame and the party requested her to urgently take up the matter with the Minister of Health so that the problems currently experienced at these facilities across the country can be addressed.

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