Pricey hospital for Zuma slated

2011-03-01 09:11

Johannesburg - The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Tuesday questioned the presidency's confidence in the planned National Health Insurance (NHI), saying there should be no need to build a special health facility at Bryntirion ministerial estate in Pretoria.

"With health moving towards the NHI in order to bring public health services up to standard, we would be expecting their confidence in the existing public health system and not creating elite health services which will benefit only a small number of people," said Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven.

Craven was responding to the Treasury allocating more than R350m over three years for the upgrading of the ministerial estate.

This included an executive military health facility to serve the president, cabinet and visiting VIPs - at a cost of R62m over the next three years.

It also included R19m for the refurbishment of the president's official Pretoria residence.

Last month, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said details of the long-awaited NHI scheme, which the government has been working on for the past year, would soon be released for public inspection.

"The issue is, should the government be spending so much money on facilities which benefit so few when so many lack the basic facilities," said Craven.

Seven cars for Zuma wives

His comments came as The Star newspaper reported on Tuesday that President Jacob Zuma wanted seven vehicles permanently available for his wives.

According to the report, the presidential protection and security service was looking for a vehicle hire business that could provide a vehicle available "at all times" in seven of the nine provinces. Gauteng and the Western Cape already had vehicles available.

Police spokesperson Colonel Vishnu Naidoo confirmed that the protection unit needed one vehicle on stand-by in every province for the presidency.

"They are for the first ladies," said Naidoo.

Presidential spokesperson Zizi Kodwa could not immediately be reached for comment.

Zuma was leaving on a state visit to France on Tuesday.

  • Joe - 2011-03-01 09:24

    Hey Jacob. ...Whats wrong with state hospitals? What will happen if ou spent R 350 Mil on Baragwanath Hospital?

  • Kim - 2011-03-01 09:25

    If the governement want to foist their badly thought out NHI on us - and make us pay more to get less - then they should be using state hospitals and that includes the president. If the mess he wants to impose on us all is good enough for the people it should be good enough for the biggest salaried employee of the people too.

  • Too much - 2011-03-01 09:27

    Is the final warning for South Africans to wake up and take drastic measures against the corruption of our government? I see a Robert Mugabe mentality in this! The "elite" and their connections will have it all and the rest will have nothing! Lets not waste 40 years then have a blood bath in gtting rid of incompetent rulers!

  • The Wazza - 2011-03-01 09:32

    Wouldnt this money be better spent on already run down provincial hospitals???????

  • Al - 2011-03-01 09:33

    Animal Farm.

  • AJ - 2011-03-01 09:34

    The 'visiting VIP' is used to justify the cost, that's all. However it is obvious who it is for....

  • Bad Boy - 2011-03-01 09:34

    The new Mugabe in the making!! Well, seeing as though we are walking the Zim route, its not surprising!! And they simply just carry on, no matter how much complaints and objections!!

  • dekaymak - 2011-03-01 09:37

    it's shocking how they always say will look after everybody, but they just look after themselves and their own. They were voted for because of the promises they made to the people. Really disgusting. Why spend much needed money on n luxury hospital when that money could be used to help those with aids and to upgrade the already existing hospitals. Why spend R19m on his own house when that could be used for the people without a roof over their heads. they should get their priorities straight. Again, disgusting!!!!!!

  • Peter - 2011-03-01 09:42

    WELL DONE Cosato... I agree with you 100%, the goverment must trust the health system that they want to implement. As for the seven cars for his wifes, I got no problem with that as long as JZ pays for the cars and the rental. NOT FROM TAX MONEY!!!!

  • Jackie - 2011-03-01 09:42

    Zuma is really screwing us. Now we must buy permanent cars for his wives? I give up.

  • Peter - 2011-03-01 09:47

    What's new

  • Lekwetse - 2011-03-01 09:47

    Of course they will not use the National Health is not good enough for the ANC fat cats. They also don't want to belong to a medical aid bacause for that they have to pay

  • Dee Smith - 2011-03-01 09:48

    I suppose there will be a special maternity wing named after Zuma!

  • robgun - 2011-03-01 09:58

    These bastards think they are better than the rest of us. Can I also apply for a private hospital in my back garden?

  • Nicky - 2011-03-01 10:07

    OMG this is getting rediculous! They have actually now lost the they really think that no-one is going to question this obvious waste of taxpayers money when people are barely scraping through each month? Wake up and smell the are losing votes hand over fist with this attitude! People are losing faith and you are just biding time now for a total revolt like we are seeing in other countries!

  • tbone - 2011-03-01 10:08

    The President should choose ONE wife as his "First" wife, which will be treated as such. All other wifes he should be supported out of his own pocket. what if the next president takes a 100 wifes. will i still pay for all of them even thought they dont add anything to the country and economy? He could marry any women he likes and she will be looked after in royal style by the you ane me!

  • Zuma FTL - 2011-03-01 10:08

    Why does Zuma and his cabinet/wives deserve this while the people who put him in power suffer with poor services health/housing etc. Zuma face it you are worth nothing so you should get nothing. P.S If you think the NHI will work so well why don't you use it instead of having your own expensive hospital.

  • mikeh - 2011-03-01 10:09

    Surely two cars should be enough for four wives. Why this obsession with spending taxpayer's money. In non banana republics only one car would be needed for one wife.

  • Mo - 2011-03-01 10:13

    hahahaha. Viva ANC! VIVA!!! Bunch of morons who vote for these criminals...

  • derkus - 2011-03-01 10:13

    they are going to open a Disneyland in South Africa,they are going to put a fence around parliament

  • Doug Hendry - 2011-03-01 10:15

    All Government officials, including Ministers, of whatever "importance" should be forced to use public health facilities. Then they might realise how poor/bad these facilities are, and do something about it. As it is, they live in their own little worlds, totally insulated from reality, happy to indulge themselves with our money. Get real!

  • Kagiso Seabela - 2011-03-01 10:17

    I think ANC is taking South Africans for granted, they do as they like whenever it suits them. My question is why cars have to be on standby. I think a car can be arranged before hand, not be allocated on permanent basis. I sometimes quesiton the decision makers in that organisation. is it nessesary to renovate those houses ? people are still without houses e.g Alex, Depsloot and many others. and again they run arround asking for our votes is it far for ordinary South African.

  • Doped - 2011-03-01 10:18

    What is wrong with Chris Hani and Joburg and Pta hospitals? Using these should be a condition of employment for govt officials then they will soon be upgraded.

  • callan - 2011-03-01 10:27

    Banana anyone?

  • Dave - 2011-03-01 10:32

    Zuma has become the most expensive president of all time.Let Zuma support his wives from his own pocket. We are stuck with him for a while. We must stop the elecoral system in this country. Instead of voting for the party we must vote for an individual. The Malema's of this world choose the president for us. The Treasury is also useless, it's talikng about eradicating corruption while it's happening in their doorstep. Zuma is enriching his family, he's spending our hard-earned tax money like nobody's business. This government is very corrupt.

  • Madelane - 2011-03-01 10:35

    And so the self serving politicians continue to plunder the taxpayer at the expense of the poor as usual.....please people see what this ANC bunch are doing to everyone!!!!!

  • BakGat! - 2011-03-01 10:37

    this moron will continue to plunder this country as long as the ignorant masses continue to vote for him, his cronies and his lackeys. what will it take for them to wake up and realise that he is a crook.

  • Brian Smith - 2011-03-01 10:37

    Typical of these ANC fat cats. They introduce the NHI for all the rest but not good enough for the leaders. Bloody sick. I hope Egypt and Lybia arives sooner rather than later before the ANC messes up RSA totally. Absolutely shameful and sick. But as we know Zuma has no morals or concience.

  • Shorts - 2011-03-01 10:37

    Who the hell does this guy think he is ??? Does he have no shame for what he is seen as being, and no respect for the broader population that he and his ANC cronies are supposed to be working tirelessly to help uplift & develop??? The sooner the DA are democratically elected by the vast majority of South African voters to take over the running of the national government of our country, the sooner we can be rid of this type of self gratifying individual and all of his ilk, hopefully once and for ever. One day sanity will prevail!!!!!

  • Pikkewyn - 2011-03-01 10:39

    69 million.... interesting - according to wikipedia we are just less than 50 million south-africans. They could rather give each of us 1 million and still have 20 million left to upgrade other hospitals. It is really sad that so much money is wasted - it could have been spend to help the poor, but NO....

  • madiba - 2011-03-01 10:40

    A public hospital is good enough for me, the father of the nation, it should be good enough for you my brethern

  • BoB BoB - 2011-03-01 10:41

    The municipal elections are coming, vote for aomebody else, simple. You vote for the ANC you accept their corruption.

  • Phillip Cwazibe - 2011-03-01 10:46

    Please Mr. Treasury, use the money to complete the Zola Clinic and the Jabulani hospital in Soweto.

  • PHYL - 2011-03-01 10:51

    WELL DONE for Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven. They are definately creating elite health services which will benefit only a small number of people. Go Cosatu, make them tow the line they are creating, we are behind you 100%

  • briggitte - 2011-03-01 10:55

    The time to do something about Mr Zuma's flagrant ab use of power and our taxes is at the voting station. all South Aficans, regardless of colour, are suffering as a result. Middle class get btaxed to death and the poor stay poor and cannot get out of the rut because our elitist government prefers to only care about us when it is time to vote - and we fall hook line and sinker.........we thus have ourselves to blame. Once again, all south africans (many of our families have inter-racial marriages) can make a difference by voting different.

  • phyllis - 2011-03-01 10:55

    When a country loses the middle class and only has a rich and poor class, it is the end of the country and that is what is happening here

  • JJ - 2011-03-01 10:57

    Freaking Zuma and his concubines..this is really a waste of taxpayer's money. No wonder he is thinking of taking another wife because we are paying for their expenses!

  • azne - 2011-03-01 11:07

    funny that the poor that die waiting in queues at Govt hospitals for medication/attention are mostly anc voters

  • Janaman - 2011-03-01 11:08

    "With health moving towards the NHI in order to bring public health services up to standard," Uhum actually what u are doing is bringing the Private health down to standard u retard! just as u are doing to the education system!

  • Sedick - 2011-03-01 11:09

    You are all wrong. The hospital will be for the Zuma and Gupta families. Zuma will need it for all is wives, children, grand-children, grand-children, los kinders. The Guptas will bring their whole village from India to RSA, and will therefore need a hospital. Even the NP Apartheid Gov, did not have their own hospital, and non of the ministers/PMs had more than 1 wife. They may have had mistresses, but we did not end up paying for their upkeep for the rest of eternity. When will this wanton waste and theft of South African resources by the ANC end - when there is nothing left...........True ANC members, please do something about this before it is too late.........

  • Mr Hobbit - 2011-03-01 11:15

    Oh boy, it's a laugh a minute. At least the old Nats had enough sense to wait until after the elections before they looted. One man, one vote, one private hospital, one president, many wives, eish!

  • Cynthia Lubbe - 2011-03-01 11:17

    This is BAD news. The private sector is always being encouraged to donate funds for the upgrading of State hospitals and now we have to hear about a private health facility. Upgrade the State hospitals prior to providing such a facility.It is for reasons such as these that I have changed my political affiliation. Selfish politicians is all I can say and then they have a ANC meeting in Rustenburg and convince the people that they have their best interest at heart. I don't think so and the voting public should think very carefully about the ANC's false promises.

  • listen up - 2011-03-01 11:21

    - Zuma's self importance ,entitlement and aggrandisement has no limits. It seems he is trying to outdo Mugabe.Why should taxpayers foot the bill for this raving bigamist,who believes having seven wives is a status symbol ? The people are watching Zuma and their anger is rising.Your end is nigh.

  • Waste money - 2011-03-01 11:24

    What a waste of money. Remember people they work for us... Maybe its time that they get fired for wasting money. We do it at home and in our business, why not with the Government. Maybe we all need to get together like our north countries and remind the ANC that WE Vote them in. If we don't pay taxes THEY don't get PAID.

  • Rob - 2011-03-01 11:32

    The fact that our president is spending as much money on upgrading his own residence as was put forward in the budget for dealing with the Acid Mine water problem in Gauteng is telling of where our government's priorities lie...

  • Karoo - 2011-03-01 11:34

    If our Pres wants more than one wife he must finance that decision himself. As tax payers we should not be expected to foot the bill for his polygamy and nor will we.

  • B Barkhuizen - 2011-03-01 11:37

    Yes agree with all the comments. This is just greet they dont care even for the poeple that voted them in.What joy does Zumas wifes bring the rest of SA nothing they need to go and work like the rest of us do. Poeple are still sitting no running water or proper housing, but lets build a hosipital for the presidents and is buddy`s. Spent money on ANC youth party which was a disgrace and write of billons in debt own to SA by Cuba. So where is the job creation? I`m just so pissed off that`s why we are called a Country just look who runs it? And there is a bunch.

  • Louis - 2011-03-01 11:42

    69 million for a handful of people who will use it: probably one patient per day! If Jacob Zuma can read well enough to enjoy reading, I suggest he read Animal Farm by George Orwell, he may identify with certain characters.

  • Levi - 2011-03-01 11:50

    Our elected officials live in a music video! One car in each province? Does that mean one wife in each province? Now I understand why the fellow needs a private plane!

  • Monica - 2011-03-01 12:25

    It is up to the community to put the ANC and their extravagance out of power! Vote for another party!

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