The Democratic Party’s Jack Bloom, shadow MEC for health in Gauteng, reports that a male psychiatric patent at Bheki Mlangeni Hospital in Soweto has raped another male patient – the 11th violent incident at the institution this year. There have been numerous rapes at other hospitals recently, calling health sector safety into question.
In a statement published on Politicsweb on 19 October 2020, Bloom wrote:
The Gauteng Health Department needs to investigate another alleged rape of a psychiatric patient, which took place at the Bheki Mlangeni Hospital last Saturday.
This follows other recent alleged rapes at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital, Tara Mental Hospital and the Stanza Bopape Clinic in Tshwane.
It appears that a male psychiatric patient at Bheki Mlangeni raped another male patient who was then taken to the Nthabiseng rape centre at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.
There is a concern amongst staff that the hospital management will cover up this incident, which follows the alleged murder by a psychiatric patient of another patient at the hospital in May this year.
This is the 11th violent incident at Bheki Mlangeni since the beginning of the year. CEO Ruth Mabyana has been allowed to return to her post despite being initially put on precautionary suspension while investigation continues into the murder.
In my view, Mabyana is the worst hospital CEO in Gauteng and should have been removed long ago after scandals that include a string of violent assaults on patients and staff as well as a jobs-for-sale racket.
It is not forgivable that yet another assault has occurred on a patient at this hospital. Effective steps should have been taken to ensure that mental health patients are only admitted to a dedicated high security ward.
New management is needed urgently at the hospital to ensure that patients and staff are in a secure environment without threat of violence.
* Issued byJack Bloom, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health, on 19 October 2020.
Another alleged rape at a Gauteng Hospital – Jack Bloom. Politicsweb