“Former President Nelson Mandela was a great man; he would have never have said to me, let’s get some money from National Treasury,” so says former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke.
Speaking at the launch of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Parktown, Johannesburg, on Friday, the respected former justice said South Africa was going through what he described as a “wobble”, a possible reference to the recent political intrigues that have engulfed the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and country.
During his speech, Moseneke often spoke directly to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, saying “we are going through a wobble, minister, but the journey is still beautiful.”
Motsoaledi was one of the Cabinet ministers within the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) who supported a motion of confidence against President Jacob Zuma, whose leadership has been marred by a raft of corruption scandals and allegations of “state capture”.
The retired judge said the country needed brave men and women with vision who would “buckle up and continue with the journey”. He said the hospital was “a reminder for all of us, is a place for giving and not taking; a place of good governance”.
Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel, was present at the opening of the facility, along with other invited dignitaries. The hospital has been under construction since 2014.