Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi reportedly said the NHI had to be put on ice for the moment because of budgetary concerns on Thursday.
Speaking to Bongani Bingwa, Motsoaledi says he has never said that the NHI will be put on ice.
You will be aware that two weeks ago, there was a huge presidential summit with 600 delegates and they endorsed the NHI in a presidential summit which was open and closed by the deputy president.— Dr Aaron Motswaledi, Health Minister
It ended up with a summary where everybody endorsed the NHI and said it must go on.— Dr Aaron Motswaledi, Health Minister
He adds that they are busy with the NHI Bill which was meant to go to a cabinet committee two days ago but as the President wasn't available, they had to postpone it going to the committee.
I was answering yesterday to a specific question about certain amounts of monies that were used in the stimulus package and that is all.— Dr Aaron Motswaledi, Health Minister
NHI is still going on and I want to assure the nation that no individual can stop the NHI, including myself.— Dr Aaron Motswaledi, Health Minister
Bingwa also spoke to chair of Social Security Systems Administration and Management Studies at Wits School of Governance, Prof Alex van den Heever, who says the minister mentioned that 600 people endorsed the NHI and that is not possible.
It was a group of people that came together and held some discussions about the system and left. There is no endorsement, there is no specific agreement.— Prof. Alex van den Heever, Social Security Systems Administration & Management Studies at Wits School of Governance
Listen below to the full interview: