Leader of Economic Freedom Fighter Julius Malema said former President Nelson Mandela is not receiving treatment at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital because that would be tantamount to risking his health.
Speaking to supporters in Sebokeng in Gauteng on Saturday, Malema said government needs to invest more in the Soweto facility so that people like Mandela and other ministers can get health treatment there.
Baragwanath is the largest hospital of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere but has been plagued by mismanagement and a lack of adequate facilities.
Malema said treating Mandela at the hospital would show the public that government has confidence in its health care system.
“We should have used Baragwanath in the past 20 years. It could have been one of the best hospitals."
“If Baragwanath can be like that what about a hospital in Umtata?”
Mandela is being treated at the Pretoria Mediclinic Heart hospital, which is a private health care facility.
The statesman remains critical but stable. Wife Graça Machel on Friday told the public she feels less anxious about her husband's health than she did a week ago.