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I found out first-hand the hell of sick hospitals during load-shedding

Think SA can pull off the NHI and power cuts? This man’s night of pain and anguish sounds a warning

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This is a story about load-shedding, the National Health Insurance scheme and how South Africans are spat upon by our political leaders.

On Saturday night my friend’s brother was walking home in New Eersterus, the village where we grew up in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, when load-shedding hit. It was 7pm. It went dark.

He trundled home. There was an open water drainage ditch in the road. He didn’t see it in the dark. He fell so fast and hard into it he says he didn’t even have time to contemplate what was happening to him. A sharp pain tore through one side of his body. He had broken a rib...

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