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[Source: Daily Maverick by Graeme Makam.]

Corruption, medicine shortages, health workers being barred from treating patients – the public healthcare sector in the North West province has been in crisis for weeks. 

Cabinet has given a special task team two weeks to report back on its progress to restore order in North West’s health department.

On the eve of the long weekend, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced that Cabinet had invoked Section 100 of the Constitution to place the department under national administration. This follows a 10-week strike and violent protests aimed at removing Premier Supra Mahumapelo, which resulted in patient deaths and a province-wide shortage of medicine.

Motsoaledi, Minister in the Presidency Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene are heading the task team that must report back to Cabinet within two weeks on issues driving the crisis as well as plans to address these.

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