“We fear that, in the absence of a proper containment plan, the move can ignite the spread of Covid-19 throughout our area, with dire effects.”
SACP provincial spokesperson Siyabonga Mdodi said on Sunday it was important that “proximity to leadership of both the movement and government does not mean or raise suspicions of unduly benefiting in government tenders”.
Mdodi said the relaxation of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) “should not be an opportunity for looters to thrive”.
The SACP said what was concerning was that health MEC Sindiswa Gomba had told a radio station that the process to appoint Mioca Lodge had not been led by her department, and that the patients should have been taken to a healthcare facility to receive medical care instead.
Mdodi said: “There can be no justification of such actions if the allegations are proven to be true, and any defence of such conduct constitutes a direct attack on the core values of the congress movement.”
He said there must be a clear process to prevent any looting, “for it will undermine the good efforts by government to cushion the people against the virus”.
EFF Eastern Cape chair Yazini Tetyana said although he applauded the decision to reverse the accommodation, it was concerning that premier Oscar Mabuyane had expressed no intention to investigate Tikana-Gxothiwe.
“We can confidently say now that there has been no move to punish her for seeking to profit from the pandemic. We believe that Weziwe enjoys this kind of special treatment and protection because of her blood relations with [ANC national chair] Gwede Mantashe,” Tetyana said.
Before the reversal of the decision, Mabuyane issued a statement defending the initial decision to house the patients at Mioca Lodge. He then ordered that they be hastily moved to another facility.
In the statement he said: “People who are quarantined and isolated will be accommodated at decent and suitable facilities because they are humans whose human rights and dignity must be protected by all of us in government and in society.”
Tikana-Gxothiwe could not be reached for comment on Sunday.