Man's body left to rot in storeroom

2011-10-07 09:14

Johannesburg - A hospital on the West Rand kept a man's body in a storeroom, where it was only discovered it a few days later.

The body of Sipho Jwara, 44, had started to decompose at the Randwest Care Centre in Randfontein, reports the Sowetan.

Jwara had been an in-patient at a psychiatric hospital for more than 20 years. It was unclear what caused his death.

The family were informed of his death last Friday, but when they went to the hospital they were told they couldn’t take the body as there was no doctor to sign the death certificate.

When they returned to the hospital on Monday, nurses were unable to find the body.

Another day passed before the hospital informed them that they had found the body.

A hospital spokesperson said there had been breakdown of communication between the hospital and the family, with the hospital believing the family would arrange an undertaker to collect the body.

  • Jacques Jones - 2011-10-07 09:25

    ffs if they cant find the body what is happening to the patients that is still alive?

      Ms.D - 2011-10-07 10:30

      Patients are probably playing hide-and-seek too...? hahaha

      Wired - 2011-10-07 10:34

      It must be made law that ALL government officials including the president should be admitted to STATE hospitals should they require treatment.. Then you'll see how fast State hospitals pick up on quality..

      Slartibartfast - 2011-10-07 10:34

      Damnit!!! I nearly flipped with happiness thinking this was Juliarse they were reporting on!! Now my weekend is spoilt!

      ShadowfaxUK - 2011-10-07 11:06

      @ Slartibartfast no it was a different psychiatric patient

      Paralegal - 2011-10-07 11:12

      @Slartibartfast - excellent name from a brilliant book!!!

      Met - 2011-10-07 11:58

      I one tells a story like this abroad, people often dont believe you, thinking that you are exaggerating to re-inforce racism

      Dave50 - 2011-10-07 12:59

      The people that consider black peoples feelings the least are their own kind. Fact not racist, the fat cats like Juju, do you really think it occurs to him and his kind that the money they gain through corruption could house thousands of their own kind of people ?.

  • opiniononly - 2011-10-07 09:31

    So they put him in a store room? Don't these people know what happens when you die.? Nuts.

      John - 2011-10-07 10:08

      luckely they put him in a store room,at bara they lay outside in the sun on a monday morning, shocking the way sa is turning out

      ubufakazi - 2011-10-07 10:21

      John are you being for real dude? hectic!!!

      John - 2011-10-07 10:30

      @ ubufakzi,dead serious seen it with my own eyes,they were coverd with a sheet at least but still.

      whysoserious - 2011-10-07 10:45

      And these are the people we are supposed to trust to save our lives when we are involved in an accident? Shocking!

      jerhone - 2011-10-07 11:38

      to John' maybe they think the sungod will revive the corpse

      Dave50 - 2011-10-07 12:54

      They don't care much for you when you are alive so what can you expect when you die. How can an undertaker collect the body when they don't know where it is , what BULL.

      Hotspotsman - 2011-10-07 13:00

      No John, they weren't corpses, just patients who were still sleeping as their beds were stolen.

  • Morne.Say - 2011-10-07 09:33

    Its supposed to be a HOSPITAL! How can there be NO DOCTOR at a hospital to sign a death certificate???? This shows just how much hospitals and care for the sick has deteriorated since 1994. It is disgustingly sick - excuse the pun. Hospitals in SA are murderous institutions with absolotely NO regard for human life or dignity. The ANC inhereted world class hospitals, and like everything else let it rot into an extreme mess. Of all the "mistakes" the ANC made, our healthcare are by far the worst. I think they should be tried for genocide. I shudder to think how many people died in our hospitals since 1994 because of lack of proper care. Shame Shame Shame!!

      modumo - 2011-10-07 10:55

      @Morne.Say, This is happening due to the fact that before 1994 being a teacher, policeman and being in the health sector were well sought after proffesions,. People do not go into those profeesions anymore which causes the hospitals to have staffing problems and with the HIV/AIDS pendemic you will have an increase of people in hospital but this is not balanced due to understaffing.Many Black south africans were denied proper health care before 1994 therefore the hospitals were in essence really servicing the minority within the country. now that the entire nation has access its a problem. So dont blame the ANC for this, blame our society for having the passion to serve and assist others as we have become a country of people who are money hungry and look out for themselves and that the root cause. Not everything is the ANC's fault we as educated people in society need to be the support structure for our government and not always judge and criticise. Someone once said "Be the change you would like to see in the world." Please dont get me wrong what happened in this case in disgusting and those involved should be fired.

      john_jones - 2011-10-07 11:21

      @Moduma 'Many Black south africans were denied proper health care before 1994 therefore the hospitals were in essence really servicing the minority within the country.' Baragwanath Hospital _ the biggest hospital in the Southernern Hemisphere at one point was a figment of everyone's imagination. Ne Modumo ?

      DeonL - 2011-10-07 12:00

      Many hospitals don't have emergency units and after hours only nursing sisters and nurses are looking after people. Some doctors don't work after hours, many hospitals are understaffed. We need to train and keep more doctors.

      modumo - 2011-10-07 12:14 are correct Bara was there, but consider how many, black, coloured and indian people being serviced by Bara, bara was the centralised hospital and if you were from places like Taung or other small town you could only get specialise care at Bara, townships had clinics and hospitals were far away so you tel me. @DeonL, I agree with you and the only way we can try curb the amount of nurses and doctores leaving our country is to pay these guys the money they deserve and restore the pride that once existed in helping a fellow citizen. South Africa is a great country but our attitudes towards it and each other is what is painting a grim picture of it.

      Morne.Say - 2011-10-07 13:14

      @modumo, yes, perhaps you do have a point about the people being serviced by the hospitals back then, but that does NOT excuse the deteriorization of the facilities we had. The ANC KNEW how many people there is, so they should have made sure that the hospitals are staffed and supplied for it, and should have invested more into training people, and making it a proud proffession. That was their duty as ruling party. There is NO excuse for allowing things to become like it is today, none at all. You hear absolute HORROR stories coming out of government hospitals, people lying in their own blood for days, or babies dying because the nurse put the wrong drip in, etc etc etc. And it is not the middle-class people with jobs and medical aids that can afford private hospitals that are suffering, it is the poorest of the poor, the government's BIGGEST responsibility. So I am sorry, but it IS the ANC's fault. They should have invested more in healthcare and less in self-enrichment. If you cannot see that, I feel sorry for you. It has now become so bad that it will take many many years, and billions of rands to rectify it, to get our poor people looked after, uplifted, safe. There is NO excuse

      modumo - 2011-10-07 14:44

      @Morne.Say. Ya you have presented some valid points there, can not disagree with what you are saying ast all. Maintenace and upkeep is their responsibility. Its great to have a discussion without racial slurs and I appreciate that you have engaged my statements and have seen both sides of the coin now. Thanks

  • ShadowfaxUK - 2011-10-07 09:37

    I'm starting to see why Juju booked himself into a private hospital :)

      Sue Laurynhill - 2011-10-07 09:41


      Sebastien - 2011-10-07 10:14

      Indeed, otherwise he'd wake up in a storeroom after 3 days having been declared dead (see the article about the man woke up in a morgue, lol).

      THE-SRG - 2011-10-07 10:18

      shows how often they use the cleaning equipment in the store room

      Snotty - 2011-10-07 10:27

      they may put him alive in the cold room!!

      Ms.D - 2011-10-07 10:33

      Snotty I don't think SA would be that fortunate hahahaha Shame poor guy

      ShadowfaxUK - 2011-10-07 10:34

      @Sebastien – No no that only happens to psychiatric patients….. oh I see what you mean….

  • sosickofthis - 2011-10-07 09:41

    My dad had a heart attack at a government hospital, when nurses and doctors were called, we were told that they are on tea break but will attend in a while!! I rather pay my medical aid!!

      ubufakazi - 2011-10-07 10:23

      shocked for days!!!!!!

      whysoserious - 2011-10-07 10:48

      What?? This is crazy! I wouldve lost it!

  • zelda britz - 2011-10-07 09:51


  • Kobus vd Walt - 2011-10-07 10:03

    "where it was only discovered it a few days later." Nice, news I choose to loose.

  • ProudBoer - 2011-10-07 10:06

    Most likely the facility is managed by a maaifoedie...

      Lekke Ekke - 2011-10-07 10:28


      whysoserious - 2011-10-07 10:52

      Bloody agents!

      Ockert - 2011-10-07 14:20

      don't touch me on my studio.

  • IC1 - 2011-10-07 10:17

    Words fail me!

  • Wes - 2011-10-07 10:20

    This is the reason why some people need to stay unemployed.

      wardah.R - 2011-10-07 10:26

      call me dumb, but i dont get what u getting at

  • ubufakazi - 2011-10-07 10:27

    all the public hospital horror stories are hectic can a hospital not have a doctor!!!!!!!!!!!! nurses were unable to find the body!!!!!!!! WHO PUT THE BODY IN THE EFN STOREROOM!!!!

      ShadowfaxUK - 2011-10-07 10:40

      Too right. It’s like having a government and no one who can make a decision. To visa or not to visa, that is the question….

      ShadowfaxUK - 2011-10-07 10:43

      This is the age old question of the afterlife. When you die you find out what’s in store….

  • AnathemaDevice - 2011-10-07 10:34

    This disrespect for human remains is astounding. Who decides to place a dead body in a store room? This man already had little quality of life having been an in-patient for 20 years, at least give him some respect in death.

  • whysoserious - 2011-10-07 10:55

    Im proudly South African... but ey, when I read stuff like this I wanna climb in a hole and hide!

  • York Hunt - 2011-10-07 10:56

    It must have started to smell a bit....

  • Suspook - 2011-10-07 11:56

    There are 2 places in South Apefrica I REFUSE to go. The first is prison. If, for whatever reason, I should ever be sentenced to prison I will grab the constables service pistol from his holster and blow my own brains out or force the police to kill me if I cannot find a way to kill myself. The second is a state hospital. I have heard horror stories that no human being should ever be subjected to. If I have no other options beside a state hospital I will just lie down in my bed at home and accept death. Some things reallyare worse than death.

      Frangipani - 2011-10-07 13:18

      And how do you know? have you been to prison/statehospital before?

      Suspook - 2011-10-07 13:25

      Yes, I have. I speak from seeing the acts commmitted first-hand. You don't even need to have seen it first-hand to know what happens there. All you need to do is take off your rose-coloured shades and educate yourself. Simple as that.

      ShadowfaxUK - 2011-10-07 13:38

      New glossary of terms for News24 ANC- Maaifoedies (don’t get excited it’s just a metaphor) State hospital – InaSadState hospital Randwest Care Centre - Randwest Careless Centre

  • Honestly - 2011-10-07 12:03

    Hopefully this is where Malema has disappeared to

  • Margaret - 2011-10-07 12:05

    How can there be no doctor? It's a hospital for goodness sake! Not all government hospitals are in such a terrible state. My son and his wife went to the Charlotte Maxeke (Joburg Gen) a few weeks ago, and they got excellent service in Casualty and it was spotlessly clean. So well done to them.

  • Jason - 2011-10-07 12:11

    Breakdown in communication - so lets stick him in a store room, wtf??

      ShadowfaxUK - 2011-10-07 12:51

      I don’t know but these guys have a given a whole new meaning to the expression “Coming out of the closet”

      whysoserious - 2011-10-07 12:55


  • inquisitivem - 2011-10-07 12:30

    OMG - you commentators are really funny. I have a good laugh at all these comments posted. LOL. Have a great weekend, everyone :-)

  • Michelle - 2011-10-07 12:42

    Bloody disgraceful!!!!

  • Stan - 2011-10-07 12:44

    wow, what can be the reason for loosing a mens body in a storage room? - so many death bodies that they lost the overview? - they can not count? - they dont care? - they did not pay the electricity bill so no light was in the storage room? What ever it was: Shame on them !!!

  • SAGirl - 2011-10-07 12:51

    Do people just not care anymore?? This is disgusting. This a person whose life had some value to someone - to just leave their body to rot somewhere in a room is actually beyond me.

  • Gibbonater - 2011-10-07 12:51

    Aboslutely useless, the lot of them. Rather sit and indulged in a bit of Kentucky and ponder their strike action for a so called living wage and complain about their work conditions.

      opinionater - 2011-10-07 13:05

      their all useless dude.

  • SGL - 2011-10-07 13:14

    The state medical personnel have no respect for people whether living or dead. It's disgusting!

  • Antwahn - 2011-10-07 13:53

    And how do we know he was dead? With the health-care (death-care) in SA it is, who says the poor guy was not lastig, so they locked him up in the cupboard -where he died? (And then covered it up in this way -HOW does a body end up in a cupboard?)

      ShadowfaxUK - 2011-10-07 14:07

      Good point. How do you know he was dead? He could have just been working for the visa department of Home affairs?

      Antwahn - 2011-10-07 16:44

      Actually Foreign Affairs. All certified departed from HA have been transferred there. It took many trips with many hearses, a lake of embalming fluid; but the upshot is that HA works much better now. Don't know about FA, but it seems dead there.

  • Antwahn - 2011-10-07 16:50

    All mirth apart. I feel for the cleaning lady who found him in the store room. She grabbed for a mop -and found herself holding a decomposing willy. Not good.

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