No special treatment for health minister in state hospital

2015-08-26 13:37
Aaron Motsoaledi. (GCIS)

Aaron Motsoaledi. (GCIS)

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

Pretoria - The health department has declined to say whether Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi was getting special treatment at Steve Biko Academic Hospital - but nurses told News24 he was in a general ward and sharing a room with other patients.

"He is in good spirits, but still under observation," health spokesperson Joe Maila told News24 on Wednesday, following Motsoaledi's admission earlier this week for pneumonia.

"His condition would be reviewed within 72 hours [since his admission on Monday], so probably later today we will hear what the outcome of that review is."

Maila would not say whether the minister was in a general ward.

But nurses at the hospital told News24 that he was in a general surgery section in a ward with other patients, but had security guards with him.

He was admitted to the same hospital in August 2013 for a planned operation.

In 2009, Motsoaledi reportedly took his 3-year-old son to the same hospital after he had a fever of 40°C.

According to the Mail & Guardian, the child's grandparents initially took the boy to a private hospital but no diagnosis was made.

Motsoaledi then decided to move his son to the public hospital, and within four hours he was diagnosed with sinus problems and operated on.

Read more on:    aaron motsoaledi  |  pretoria

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...

6 myths about male cancer
Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
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.