Delay in opening R60 million Zone 17 Sebokeng clinic denying residents access to health services

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Emfuleni is concerned with the delay in the opening of a R60 million Zone 17 clinic in Sebokeng

The need for a permanent health care facility was identified in 2008 as services were offered from small containers forcing patients to queue outside and endure harsh weather conditions.

In 2019 the DA conducted an oversight visit and we were informed that the project will be completed and handed over in 2021.

The DA recently visited the site and was informed that the contractor had not been paid by the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure and Development so they can purchase cables and connect electricity to the building.

These delays are hindering the delivery of health services to the community of Zone 17 Sebokeng as they continue to receive health services in less than ideal conditions.

The DA will submit questions to the MEC for Infrastructure Development, Tasneem Motara, to determine whether the current contractor will complete the project and when the clinic will finally be open to the public.

Residents have a right to receive quality health services and it is the government’s responsibility to deliver on this.