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.”
Much needed PPEs is thrown away in river. pic.twitter.com/JiR3mgrA4F
— caution: asymptomatic nCovid19 🦠 (@tebogokhaas) August 2, 2020
This evening we visited Irene County Club where PPE was discovered floating in the river. Criminal case have been opened and the police are investigating pic.twitter.com/r2CbBRPfaS
— Jacob Mamabolo (@JacobMamaboloSA) August 2, 2020