Dead Bara patient left in ward for 3 days

2015-02-19 19:37
Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital

Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Four Baragwanath Hospital staff members have been suspended for leaving the body of an 18-year-old woman to decompose, the health department said on Thursday.

"This follows preliminary investigations around the transportation of the body from the ward to the mortuary and the manner in which it was kept," spokesperson Prince Hamnca said in a statement.

"The department has come to a conclusion that some officials have a case to answer."

The Sowetan reported on Thursday that Bacebile Mbete, 18, died at the hospital on Friday from complications due to an ectopic pregnancy.

Her grandfather Raymond Zikalala, 82, said her body was sent to the morgue on Monday, three days later. By that time it had decomposed so badly the young woman was unrecognisable.

The body was returned to the hospital as the undertaker said it was too decomposed to keep at the mortuary.

Hamnca said the department had in recent weeks acted swiftly against officials alleged to have contravened the public service code of conduct and brought the department into disrepute.

"Recently, a doctor was summarily dismissed for professional negligence," he said.

The four were suspended pending full investigations and disciplinary hearings.

Read more on:    johannesburg  |  health  |  service delivery

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


Man scores date with tennis superstar after Twitter bet

It’s a modern day Cinderella story, but one American man took ‘shoot your shot’ seriously in 2017.


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.