During the media briefing by Ms Nozizwe Madlala-Routlege, the former Deputy Minister of Health, an impression was created that Minister Jeff Radebe had called her to express his support after she was relieved of her duties, and that the Deputy Ministers of Defence and of Arts and Culture had invited her to visit the Frere Hospital in the Eastern Cape.
Minister J Radebe and the two Deputy Ministers would like to place on record that the former deputy ministers’ statements are not accurate. At no stage did the Minister call to express his support after she was released from her duties, and at no stage did the Deputy Ministers invite the former Deputy Minister to go to Frere Hospital following the news reports about the death of babies at the hospital.
The visit to the hospital was the former Deputy Minister’s own initiative and had nothing to do with discussions she may or may not have had with a number of leaders in government, and there was never an express or implied invitation for her to conduct an unannounced visit to this or to any other hospital.
This statement is issued on behalf of Minister Radebe, Deputy Minister Mluleki George and Deputy Minister M. Botha.
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Issued by: Government Communications (GCIS)