ATT ALL MEDIA HOUSES: #NOTINMYNAME DENOUNCES MEC OF HEALTH’S NONCHALANCE AND REJECTS HIS APOLOGY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

#Day21OfLockdown

Recent reports have implicated Mamelodi Day Hospital in yet another incident which desecrates the rights of patients; patients who have just given birth. The ward, infamously known as ‘Marikana’, has a total of 4 beds, however, over 30 women were seen in the ward with mattresses on the floor and no adherence to Social Distancing Regulations stipulated by the Disaster Management Act adopted at the genesis of the lockdown. In addition to frailty, they live in constant angst of contracting COVID-19.

#NOTINMYNAME is aware that the hospital has allegedly rectified this gross contravention of ethics and regulations. However, this was only after the MEC of Health Bandile Masuku, was recorded suggesting that patients are responsible for the horrendous conditions: “What is she there for? She’s supposed to go home and stop taking videos.”

Masuku’s irascible demeanour is dispecable and indicative of lack of empathy. #NOTINMYNAME rejects his apology – the MEC is aware of the violations of human rights constantly being dismissed at that hospital. South African’s rights cannot conditionally apply only at the convenience of those who have been placed in leadership positions.

ISSUED ON BEHALF OF #NOTINMYNAMESA

Mo Senne (Head of Communications)

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