A political storm has erupted in South Africa after a video went viral showing the health minister for the Limpopo province – which borders Zimbabwe – berating a Zimbabwean woman who was seeking healthcare. Responses have been divided. Some have called for Phophi Ramathuba to step down on the grounds that verbally abusing a patient was out of order. Others have supported her, saying she reflects the sentiments of South Africans living in the area. The Conversation Africa spoke to Kudakwashe Vanyoro, who has done research on the treatment of migrants in South Africa’s healthcare sector, to unpack the issue.
Sizwe Medical Aid in the experience of dissenting auto workers has failed to pay doctors’ bills and bankrupted members.
Scores of Cape Town residents shared their views on the NHI as the public hearings on the draft bill to implement universal healthcare continue in the Western Cape.
The People’s Health Movement South Africa (PHM) supports the NHI, but with some reservation.