We are delighted by the news that heads are rolling at Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital.
It at least shows someone in the provincial health department has woken up to the fact that all's not well at the largest hospital in the southern hemisphere.
Chief executive Arthur Manning has been "redeployed", officials declare coyly. And rumours abound that more bigwigs will lose their cosy positions.
All power to the bureaucrats who are eventually holding top functionaries accountable for maladministration, but why send the good doctor on a course in administration now? Bit late for that, what?
Let's not forget that Manning's administration spent R7million of a limited budget on fancy furniture and R9,5million on phone bills.
Meanwhile newborns were warehoused in cardboard boxes because the hospital lacked cots.
Five babies recently died in the intensive care unit because they picked up a preventable infection. Eye-catching office decor did nothing to save these innocents.
Our public institutions are in a parlous state and cannot afford extravagances. We just hope the top brass stop pussyfooting around and start openly booting out the incompetents who reduce service delivery to a farce in the supposed public service.