DA calls for Gauteng probe into reported oxygen tanks 'delay' that allegedly led to three deaths

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The DA has called for the Gauteng Department of Health to investigate whether a reported "delay" in the delivery of oxygen tanks led to three deaths in the Riverlea area.

"I am concerned that slow delivery of home oxygen tanks by a state contractor has reportedly led to at least three deaths in the Riverlea area in western Johannesburg since October last year," DA Gauteng spokesperson for health Jack Bloom said in a statement on Sunday. Bloom's concern was based on the Bench Marks Foundation's local community monitor Charles van der Merwe, "who also says that power cuts due to load shedding and a backlog in gas tank delivery over the festive season imperilled at least seven Riverlea residents dependent on respirators".

The contractor was not named.

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