…By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media.
DA Calls for Investigation into Alleged Abuse of Pregnant Migrants
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has announced its intention to approach both the Health Ombud and the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to investigate reports of abuse directed towards pregnant foreign nationals at Tambo Memorial Hospital in Gauteng.
According to allegations raised by CityPress, these women are being subjected to belittlement and coerced into paying bribes in order to access birthing facilities and receive necessary assistance.
Furthermore, it is claimed that nurses are refusing to discharge mothers and babies until they receive payment.
The DA strongly condemns such discriminatory practices and plans to take action to address the issue.
Discrimination and Denial of Constitutional Rights
The DA highlights the alleged discrimination faced by foreign nationals regarding their birth records.
This is in direct violation of a recent Gauteng High Court order that affirmed the constitutional right to free healthcare for all pregnant and lactating women, as well as children under six, regardless of nationality or documentation status.
Despite this legal protection, foreign nationals continue to encounter obstacles when seeking access to healthcare services, particularly in Gauteng.
The DA views these challenges as callous and immoral, and insists that such treatment should not be tolerated.
Party’s Commitment to Oversight and Accountability
The DA pledges to conduct thorough oversight of Tambo Memorial Hospital to ensure the immediate cessation of corrupt practices targeting pregnant foreign nationals.
The party expects that any individuals found complicit in these activities will face disciplinary action.
The DA remains steadfast in its commitment to ensuring equitable access to healthcare for all residents, regardless of their background.
As this story continues to develop, the DA will provide updates as new information becomes available.
The allegations of mistreatment and abuse against pregnant foreign nationals at Tambo Memorial Hospital are deeply concerning and must be thoroughly investigated.
It is essential that the rights of all individuals, regardless of their nationality or documentation status, are protected and upheld within the healthcare system.
The DA’s decision to approach the Health Ombud and the SAHRC reflects their commitment to seeking justice and accountability in this matter.
Discrimination and the denial of constitutional rights cannot be tolerated, and those responsible for such behavior must face the appropriate consequences.
The oversight and intervention promised by the DA will be crucial in ensuring the immediate cessation of these corrupt practices and in safeguarding the well-being and dignity of all patients.
Further updates on this developing story will shed more light on the actions taken to address this distressing situation.