‘They died because the Gauteng Government did not care!’ - John Maytham

One doesn’t want to rank scandals in order of importance… there’s been Marikana, the arms deal, Nkandla… but has there been anything as deeply depressing as these 94 totally unnecessary deaths?

John Maytham, CapeTalk

On Thursday, CapeTalk’s John Maytham started his show reminiscing about the events of 2 February 1990 when he was a novice reporter.

He shared how hopeful he felt about the future of South Africa after the first democratic election in 1994.

However, more recent events - specifically the deaths of 94 mentally ill patients after the Gauteng Health Department moved them to unlicensed NGOs in order to save money – has darkened his mood.

Listen to the emotional outburst in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

They died because the Gauteng Government did not care!

John Maytham, CapeTalk

When the deaths started to be noticed, they lied! And they covered up!

John Maytham, CapeTalk

They died because they were cold, hungry, thirsty and uncared for!

John Maytham, CapeTalk

They were forgotten by a Government that proclaims to have the interest of the most marginal people of this country at the centre of their policy. Lies! Absolute lies!

John Maytham, CapeTalk

There needs to be a much greater acceptance of the political responsibility of caring more about lining pockets than about protecting the poor and the marginal.

John Maytham, CapeTalk
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