DA to fight NHI bill tooth and nail

By Oscar Sanders - 13 August 2019Views : 430

Democratic Alliance Leader Mmusi Maimane has vowed to fight the legislation of the National Health Insurance Bill which he deems unconstitutional.

This, after Health minister Zweli Mkhize unveiled the NHI bill.

The bill proposes free healthcare to all South Africans but must be presented to the health portfolio committee in parliament before it becomes law.

And the DA have said they will go all out to prevent it from passing through parliament, as they feel that it takes away the prerogative of citizens who would rather have medical aid, which they have said is unconstitutional and a violation of rights.

“It is on that basis that I and the party will be taking every measure possible oppose this bill. We believe that this bill may very well be unconstitutional," said Maimane.

DA health spokesperson Siviwe Gwarube said the party would assess all options before it took a decision on whether to legally challenge the Bill.

“…And so a part of that process is to say Parliament needs to provide the assurance that legal services have in fact certified this bill as passing as constitutional.”