DENOSA Gauteng statement on Premier Makhura’s decision to ‘Discharge’ Gauteng Health MEC

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Gauteng has noted the decision by Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, to “discharge” the MEC of Health, Dr Bandile Masuku, from his role as MEC. 

The Premier’s articulation is confusing and doesn’t make complete sense. The premier must come out clean and make a proper decision because the Department of Health is one department that plays a crucial role in responding to the health needs of the people of Gauteng. Therefore it cannot afford to function without proper stable governance, both politically and administratively.

 As a result of this latest announcement which have caused instability, the DENOSA Gauteng Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) has called a special urgent PEC meeting tomorrow to discuss the latest developments in the department which have rendered the department leaderless in both political and administrative functions.

 As DENOSA Gauteng, our main interest is stability in the department as it affects both our members and communities. While this instability and indecisiveness continues, the frontline workers are left vulnerable and in danger in discharging their duties because no one wants to take a decision as all senior managers are acting, including the current acting MEC of Health. Premier Makhura must stop tip-toeing and come out clearly because we can’t afford to have the Gauteng Health Department leaderless.

 As we mentioned in our previous statements, DENOSA Gauteng stands firm against corruption and we welcome any action that deals with Corruption.

 Lastly, we call on all health care workers to continue with the wonderful work they are doing in delivering quality health services to the citizens of Gauteng despite these challenging times.


Issued by DENOSA in Gauteng 

For more information, contact:

Simphiwe Gada, DENOSA Gauteng Provincial Chairperson

Cell: 079 501 4869