The Legal Battle between MEC Ramathuba, Limpopo Department of Health and Khindlimuka Heritage Foundation Continues

By Thabo Monyela 
GIYANI- The legal battle between MEC for Health, Dr. Phophi Ramathuba, the Limpopo Department of Health, and Founder President of Khindlimuka Heritage Foundation, Thembani Gift Maswanganyi is still ongoing.
On January 15, 2021, The President of KHF through a media release, harshly criticized the MEC of Health about the Hospital conditions of Vhembe and Mopani districts and further called the MEC with defamatory statements.
Three days later, Nkhensani hospital in Giyani received Five(5) life CPAP, four(4) CPAP Ventilators (which do not require incubation) Ten (10) pulse Oxymeters, 20 Nasal Cannula to add on the existing high flow oxygen machines in the hospital. “We are very much excited that the MEC paid attention to our grave concerns about the lack of equipment in Nkhensani hospital and we even wrote a Media release in support of her work” President Maswanganyi informed Tzaneen voice.
The Department of Health Limpopo together with the MEC for Healthc
took Maswanganyi to court for the defamation of character. On January 29, Judge Naude of Polokwane High court granted a compelling court restraining order to Maswanganyi to refrain and restrain from using words that seek to undermine the MEC’s work and was further ordered to issue an unconditional apology to the MEC.
Despite the issued apology, the MEC together with her department instructed their lawyers to continue to sue KHF NPC and its President for an amount of R2 million for the defamation of character suffered by the MEC.
According to the Provincial Health Department statement, R500 000 will be donated to a charity organization for COVID-19 and R500 000 to be also donated to charity for gender-based violence of her choice. The court case will resume on Tuesday, February 09, 2021, at 12h00 in the Polokwane High Court.
Maswanganyi exclusively told the publication that he doesn’t understand why the MEC is pushing this further because they complied with the court to apologize unconditionally and further said they don’t have that kind of an amount. “I think she’s trying to silence any constructive criticisms towards her governance by suing us the money we don’t have and the money she posed is way too much according to the country’s legal case studies,” he said.
He further informed Tzaneen Voice that they are opposing the matter. According to the foundation’s statement, they are struggling financially and can’t even afford to pay their legal team. However, the directors of Khindlimuka  Heritage Foundation have taken a resolution to either borrow from cash loans and family members.
“We won’t be silenced as long as our hospitals and clinics are not in good condition ” the president of KHF concluded.

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