On March 28, the Economic Freedom fighters (Eff) members together with community members marched to Diepsloot south clinic at Ext 7- the peaceful march organised by Lefty Lefote, Eff leader from ward 113. They met at Diepsloot mall at 08h00 and from there marched from Plum Street through Ingonyama road to Diepsloot Extension 7 clinic where they handed over a memorandum of demands.
The Gauteng Department of Health officials, alongside the Area manager Martha Ndinga Ndinga and Trevor Mokobake received the memorandum with warm hands.
Some of the issues that they were addressing are as follows:
- They want the clinic to open 24/7
- Long queues outside the gate without a shelter, regardless of weather conditions
- Poor services delivery
- Bad treatment towards patients
- They need reliable ambulance
- They need a doctor
- Shortage of medicine-The patients are always receiving panado regardless of their illness
- Staff taking tea time whenever it suits them
- They need the hospital
The department of health is given 14 days to respond to the memorandum.
The area manager Martha Ndinga Ndinga promised to contact the March organiser Lefty Lefote with regards to the memorandum handed and way forward.
The EFF Communication Officer, Stanley Raboya said, ‘’we are here to help the community by addressing the issues they are facing. Our people woke up as early as 3am to come to queue here but they will only get help at 9am and we are concerned about their safety.’’
Raboya concluded by thanking everyone who participated in the march and saying that they are hoping for the positive response from the Health team.