Criminal case should be pursued against ANC election head

Issued by Jack Bloom MPL – DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health
24 May 2024 in Press Statements

The Gauteng Health Department should support the criminal charges laid by a female paramedic who was allegedly assaulted at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital by Mr Justice Ngalonkulu, the ANC’s Johannesburg Election Head.

According to reports, he assaulted Shalati Mushwana when she asked him to move his car out the way after she had treated and transported his injured brother to the hospital‘s casualty last Saturday.

Mushwana says he swore at her, beat her on the shoulder and chest while threatening to get her fired, and said he was trying to get hold of Gauteng Health and Wellness MEC Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko. She also suffered a hand injury.

The disturbing thing is that Mushwana laid assault charges against him at the Diepkloof police station, but she claims that men driving expensive cars were at the station pointing her out as the one who lay charges against their comrade.

Meanwhile, the ANC has taken no action against Ngalonkulu, and hasn’t even commented on this serious matter. Are they not sensitive to the apparent Gender Based Violence (GBV) in this incident?

Violence against health workers is distressingly high, and nobody should be allowed to get away with it because of political connections.

The Democratic Alliance will closely monitor this case to ensure it is properly pursued without political interference.