South Africa's health department advertise for 100 new doctors, but white people are told not to apply

January 14, 2019

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The leaked documents reveal that the department wanted to train 366 black doctors in total and their recruitment already has 32 Indian, 12 white and four mixed race registrars.

 

South Africa is currently facing a race row after The KwaZulu-Natal health department increased its registrar programme in 2019. Previously the numbers were 314, but now they have increased another 100 and made it 414. This time they have criteria, they only want these posts to be filled by black medics. 

 

 

While some defined this criterion as racism, according to Times Live, the provincial health department said it was “unapologetic about addressing these imbalances of the past”. Ncumisa Mafunda a spokesman for the department said, "South Africa, including KwaZulu-Natal, remains an unequal society with limited opportunities for self-development for those who were historically oppressed." 

 

Previously the numbers were 314, but now they have increased another 100 and made it 414. (Source: Pixabay)

 

 

The leaked documents reveal that the department wanted to train 366 black doctors in total and their recruitment already has 32 Indian, 12 white and four mixed race registrars. To complete their employment equity target of 366 black medics they need 100 more. This program trains doctors to become specialists in a span of four years. 

 

“This means 238 posts must be filled with Africans to take the current 128 filled posts to the target of 366. This implies that the 100 new posts must go to Africans in terms of the targets, else if there are no suitable Africans, the posts must be re-advertised," Mafunda continued. 

 

Mary de Haas a member of Medical Rights Advocacy Network (Meran) also spoke to Times Live about this issue and revealed that it was necessary that they had a historical redress. (Getty Images)

 

 

 

"After difficulties were experienced in recruiting black African candidates for these posts, a deviation was sought from the accounting officer and, out of a total of 77 registrar posts, 21 posts will be offered to non-Black Africans," the spokesperson added. 

 

Adding to this, Dr Imran Keeka, a spokesperson for the Democratic Alliance KwaZulu-Natal health said, "A policy which causes the domination of one race over the other by exclusion is nothing more than an aberration of our constitutional values and is racist." 

 

 

Dr Keeka said that the DA would also consider to sue the provincial health department if it deviated from these rights (Getty Images)

 

 

 

“Any form or attempt to redress the injustices of the past must ensure that we remain committed to what our constitution says… There must be no exclusion, especially based on the color of our skin," adding to this he said, that the DA would also consider to sue the provincial health department if it deviated from these rights

 

Mary de Haas a member of Medical Rights Advocacy Network (Meran) also spoke to Times Live about this issue and revealed that it was necessary that they had a historical redress. But the approach to it was not right. "I think it is a very bad way of doing it. It's not really fair to sideline people who have done extremely well. It [the health department] spent money sending students to Cuba instead of building local capacity, which would have sorted this out years ago," she said. 

 

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LINK : https://meaww.com/south-africa-the-kwa-zulu-natal-health-department-racism-registrar-programme-doctors-black-medics

 

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