WATCH | PPE found floating in river in Centurion

Gauteng acting MEC for health Jacob Mamabolo said a criminal case was opened after personal protective equipment was thrown into a river.
Gauteng acting MEC for health Jacob Mamabolo said a criminal case was opened after personal protective equipment was thrown into a river.
Image: Jacob Mamabolo

Essential personal protective equipment (PPE) meant to safeguard health-care workers and curb the spread of Covid-19 in the country, was found floating in a river in Centurion on Sunday.

Gauteng acting MEC for health Jacob Mamabolo confirmed the PPE was found floating in a river at the Irene Country Club.

Mamabolo said a criminal case had been opened.

Gauteng police could not immediately confirm whether a case had been opened.

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) said it was “unacceptable that PPE, which is needed by front-line workers to protect themselves and save the lives of our people, are dumped in a river.

“In the video one can see gloves and masks, which are in short supply in health-care facilities across the country.”


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