Co-authored by Sonia Mabunda-Kaziboni, International Secretary at the Congress of South African Trade Unions
The Johannesburg High Court recently issued an order affirming the right to healthcare of pregnant and lactating women, and children under the age of six to free public healthcare, regardless of their nationality or documentation status.
In South Africa, immigrants have been blamed for failing healthcare by politicians and senior government officials. Unfortunately, some of the populace has come to believe it as it has fueled anti-migrant sentiment and sparked xenophobic incidents at public healthcare facilities – clinics and hospitals.
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