The fact that access to healthcare services is a constitutional right does not mean we should think health is automatically protected, writes Mark Heywood in a Spotlight report. He says it is contested by the everyday behaviour of officials who steal from funds intended to realise that right and if we don’t root out corruption in the public-health system, the health system will collapse.

Heywood writes: “In 2017, a debate raged at the Treatment Action Campaign’s (TAC) National Congress about how to respond to corruption across the country. As the levels of scandal and shock around President Jacob Zuma’s behaviour have risen, the TAC’s allies have often called on it to take to the streets and join organisations such as the Save South Africa campaign that are calling for Zuma to step down…..more

Sleepless nights over inequitable funding for Gauteng — Health MEC