Man dies in 19-hour wait for ambulance

2012-06-06 10:00
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Johannesburg - Two men, one a brother of a former minister, died in separate incidents after alleged public healthcare bungles, it was reported on Wednesday.

The Star reported that Mlungisi Dlamini, 25, died in Pretoria on Tuesday after he waited 19 hours for a state ambulance to take him to hospital.

Dlamini's brother Sandile said that during the wait he was told that an ambulance was on the way and later told that none were available.

Mashaole Mangena, the brother of former science and technology minister Mosibudi Mangena, 74, died on Friday after he was admitted to Polokwane Hospital several times over seven weeks for a blocked bile duct.

Mosibudi said his brother died in an ambulance while on the way to a hospital in Ga-Rankuwa for emergency surgery.

He said he had to call the Limpopo health MEC and Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to intervene.

"As we leave the hospital [after the death] the minister of health returns my call some 48 hours later... he is saddened by the Mashaole story and frankly admits that it is not the only one," Mosibudi said.

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