Dept compensates brain-damaged boy

2012-02-07 12:34

Johannesburg - A child who was brain-damaged through the negligence of staff at an East Rand hospital has been paid his first compensatory instalment, the Gauteng health department said on Tuesday.

"The South Gauteng High Court has ruled that [Prince Sibusiso] Khanyi be paid R9.25m and it was agreed that the amount be paid in three instalments," said spokesperson Simon Zwane in a statement.

The first instalment of R3.4m had been paid, he said. Two more payouts were expected in the coming months.

In October, a sheriff of the court attached R1m worth of office equipment from Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane's office because the child's claim had not been paid.

Last month, another attempt was made to recoup the money by a sheriff of the court, after the state's attorneys allegedly failed to apply in time for an appeal to the high court's ruling.

Khanyi, who was born in December 1999, lives with cerebral palsy as a result of the hospital's negligence.

Zwane said the payment "reflects a willingness of the provincial government to bring relief to the affected families and to assist them to reach closure".

The department viewed staff negligence seriously and had dismissed two doctors and a nurse in the past two years.

In a separate case, the department also settled the compensation claim of a man whose leg was erroneously amputated at Steve Biko Academic Hospital, in Pretoria.

"Last week, the department paid out R6.3m in relation to the claim brought by Mr Shabbier Nagel," Zwane said.

Nagel had been admitted to hospital for a heart condition.

The sheriff of the court visited Mokonyane's office again a week ago, where an agreement was reached that Nagel would receive the payment soon.

  • Janice - 2012-02-07 12:46

    Heart condition and your leg gets amputated??????????????????? you have got to be joking!!!!!!!

      Snoopsy - 2012-02-07 13:20

      These Cuban-Trained Doctors, I tell you.

      Thelma - 2012-02-07 14:07

      And they want to implement the NHI a.s.a.p......hahahahahaha....we will be a limbless nation!!!!

  • Stan - 2012-02-07 12:50

    R9.25m is a bit OTT!

      Marion - 2012-02-07 12:57

      I don't think its over the top Stan. This child needs special care for the rest of his life. He could live to be 90. Who will take care of him financially if his parents die before he does?

      CopperWoody - 2012-02-07 13:21

      Stan, I assure you, if this was your child you would feel completely different. R9m is a quarter of what this child would need to be okay.

      Danielle - 2012-02-07 13:34

      Do you have any idea what the costs involved are for taking care of someone in his condition? You should be ashamed of your insensitive remark.

      Andre - 2012-02-07 13:53

      9.25 will never reach the child, How much and how big a bite the Lawyer takes, i wonder???????????????????/

      Thelma - 2012-02-07 14:12

      There are no easy or cheap way when it comes to raising a mentally challenged children. These children need all types of medication/medical treatment etc. The government failed once again and they should pay! Maybe they will learn their lesson by all this and stop recruiting all these foreign fudge doctors. I also do hope that the parents receive qualified auditors to help them manage these funds.

      liels - 2012-02-07 14:17

      Excuse me Ben, who exactly are these "that people" (sic) that you are referring to? And who are you to decide how THOSE people will behave? Perhaps you should stow away with your prejudice for a moment or two and give others the benefit of the doubt?

      J-Man - 2012-02-07 15:50

      Who says this child would never have earned double or even triple that if he were not sick because of them? Just sayin'...

  • Marion - 2012-02-07 12:55

    This family has had to wait since 1999 for this compensation and we get told : Zwane said the payment "reflects a willingness of the provincial government to bring relief to the affected families and to assist them to reach closure". @Janice I have had a number of ops and every time just before they put me under they asked me to confirm what op I was in for. Obviously not done in this instance.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-07 12:56

    This would not of happend so fast if the media hadnt got hold of it. It always is like getting blood from a stone for government to do the right thing! I just hope the family do use this money to better the childs quality of life!

  • DJPotifar - 2012-02-07 13:00

    At least the money is payed...

      steve.dupreez - 2012-02-07 13:07

      From our taxes! Ja jong, go ahead, give me a thumbs down.

      DJPotifar - 2012-02-07 14:17

      Valid point Steve. We have to pay for civil servants' errors. My point though is that this poor kid who is brain damaged due to the uselessness of a health care professional gets what he deserves.

  • Russel - 2012-02-07 13:06

    Stan, you are a chop! Take your OTT and smash your head against a brick wall...There can be no excuse for negligent practices in a hospital. Shows you what happens when unfit people are accepted into medical school and the suitable minority are refused entry based on outragious governmental quota schemes...

  • procold2 - 2012-02-07 13:06

    janice not the same person, In a separate case, the department also settled the compensation claim of a man whose leg was erroneously amputated at Steve Biko Academic Hospital, in Pretoria.

  • Xoli - 2012-02-07 13:21

    Our health system is pathetic, no amount of compensation can bring back what might have been a great life, they can all go rot in hell for all I care..*mad as hell*

  • Deeteem - 2012-02-07 13:27

    Democracy gave certain people the right to abuse other people !! Nomvula you are a nasty piece of work !!

  • Mhlophe - 2012-02-07 13:41

    Our tax money hard at work. C'mon clean up your act.

  • godesha - 2012-02-07 13:46

    13 years later, I would say it's about time they pay up.

  • tmaphosa1 - 2012-02-07 13:47

    Glad there is some kind of effort from the gvt. nomvula what would you have done if it was your child????????????????????????

  • eradingoana - 2012-02-07 13:49

    Eventually they thought. Then how far is the young Ferreira boy's medical bills which minister also promised to settle? Believe me office of the Premier might possibly be the copy of Mathale's just very soon.

  • tmaphosa1 - 2012-02-07 13:51

    i was heartbroken when i saw the story on the news. no money can bring what that boy has lost. gvt departments need training on people skills to avoid such sad incidents.

      Marion - 2012-02-07 14:51

      What I found particularly appalling about this entire incident is that one of the 'nurses' actually put her knee on the woman's stomach to force her to push during the labour. Where do they teach that kind of medical treatment in any medical training facility?

  • Olivia - 2012-02-07 13:54

    So that's where my tax money is going!

      Keelvol - 2012-02-07 13:57


  • reza.daniels1 - 2012-02-07 14:20 let's pay out the matriculant who got run over like an animal by the blue light brigade......

  • Bokfan - 2012-02-07 14:24

    anc Rouletto. Send your kid to a state hospital. If he loses you win. BEEEEEG

  • SGL - 2012-02-07 15:19

    It's about time that the doctors/nurses take responsibility for their botch ups. I'm glad this family has been compensated as this boy's treatment and care is going to be costly. Now how about paying for Thomas's (the blue light accident) treatment or must the family also sue?

  • Andrew - 2012-02-07 17:36

    I like the comment made by Zwane on the payment "reflects a willingness of the provincial government to bring relief to the affected families" This payment has been made under duress and a visit by court sheriffs, After all the boy was born in December 1999 not a bad record of willingness.

  • Ashley - 2012-02-08 14:13

    R9.25mil in relation to the lifelong trauma awaiting both the child and fam especially with the medical treatment involved and knowing that your child was born without any of this. God is in control. BenBezuidenhout, our people aren't all irresponsible in their spending, i did not know you knew the family so personally...It's not a black people thing, or a poor family thing (if they r even poor), it'll never be about the oh so huge amount of R9.25mil even with the poorest fam...assumpations like that scar the nation.

  • derek.everts - 2012-10-07 16:51

    Funny part is no report of who was held accountable - disciplined - you try ignore a count order

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