Mahikeng church leaders welcome deployment of military health services

Mahikeng church leaders welcome deployment of military health services

MAHIKENG, SOUTH AFRICA – APRIL 18: Burning tyres blockade the road during community protests calling for North West premier Supra Mahumapelo to step down on April 18, 2018 in Mahikeng, South Africa. The revolt against Mahumapelo has resulted in the looting of shops and trucks being torched in the area. According to police nine people had been arrested. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Tiro Ramatlhatse)

The MMF has expressed hope that the intervention by the SANDF will also be extended to other struggling facilities across the North West province.

The Mahikeng Ministers’ Fellowship (MMF) on Saturday welcomed the deployment of members of the South African National Defense Force’s (SANDF) health services to Mahikeng Provincial Hospital to alleviate the looming health care crisis.

MMF chairman pastor Moss Tlalang expressed the hope that the intervention would also be extended to other facilities across the province where there might be a need, the MMF said in a statement.

“We hope to see further roll-out of national government intervention towards resolution of the health employees’ strike, as well as renewed efforts to address workers’ grievances while political processes and broader consultations to address governance issues and corruption allegations unfold,” Tlalang said.

The intervention announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa had given hope and calmed the volatile situation, and should be fast-tracked to “frustrate violent criminal elements determined to hijack genuine service delivery concerns”.

“We urge congregations to pray for the peace of Mahikeng, Itsoseng, and the province in their services tomorrow [Sunday] and to intensify prayers for God to grant grace and wisdom to those seized with finding solutions to the current crisis,” Tlalang said.

The MMF task team had in its effort to mediate in the protracted strike by the National Education, Health, and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) visited Mahikeng Provincial Hospital earlier in the week to be appraised of the problems in health services provision after most clinics in the provincial capital had been closed, he said.

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