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Another setback for ANC as ex-HPCSA head Dr Letlape quits party

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The former president of the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA), Dr Kgosi Letlape, has terminated his membership of the ANC.

Dr Kgosi Letlape has resigned from the ANC. Picture: Jacques Naude, Independent Newspapers

THE FORMER president of the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA), Dr Kgosi Letlape, has terminated his membership of the ANC.

Letlape reportedly sent his resignation letter to his branch secretary last week, alerting the governing party that he was parting ways with them with immediate effect.

He is one of many influential leaders to leave the ANC recently, with former police minister Nathi Nhleko also ditching the party this week amid a spat with secretary-general Fikile Mbalula over the Nkandla swimming pool/fire pool saga.

The renowned ophthalmologist and health expert withheld his reasons for his resignation but his latest comments on the government’s approach in the health sector, particularly the recent National Health Insurance (NHI) strikes offer hints on his departure.

He accused the government of opening another stream of swindling funds with the NHI matter.

Letlape has also been vocal about the issue of unemployed doctors across the country.

Letlape’s decision comes after Nhleko also tendered his resignation.

In a letter to senior ANC leaders, Nhleko said he was unhappy with Mbalula and the party.

In January, he had a fallout with Mbalula after the latter publicly said they lied about the Nkandla swimming pool, calling it a fire pool, in a move that was meant to shield former president Jacob Zuma.

He said the recent attack on him by Mbalula on the fire pool issue motivated his reasons to leave the ruling party.

“Consequently, and regrettably, I resign from this ANC as its current values and principles are not aligned to mine.

“It is difficult to continue watching people in my community and all over our country suffer because of the failures of an organisation that I am part and parcel of and can’t do much to serve their lives for the better,” the letter reads.

Nhleko insisted that the swimming pool was indeed a fire pool.

Nhleko slammed Mbalula and described him as the worst secretary-general in the ANC’s 112-year history.

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