Awaiting-trial prisoner moved to private hospital following urgent application

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Avineshsing Rajbansi has been moved to a private healthcare facility after an urgent application was made at the Durban Regional Court. According to a report in The Post, the awaiting-trial prisoner is the eldest grandchild of Amichand Rajbansi, who started the Minority Front.

Rajbansi (30) was taken to King Edward VIII Hospital after he suffered seizures at Westville Prison. His family were allegedly notified last Monday, two weeks after his admission. At the time, Rajbansi was unable to speak or eat by himself and was dependent on oxygen.

Last Tuesday, when the family tried to move him to a private facility, the authorities at Westville Prison demanded payment of just more than R145,000 for a private guard to be stationed outside his room. The family refused to comply with the request.

The family, via attorney Rajesh Singh, submitted an urgent court application to have him moved to Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital. The court subsequently requested a report from King Edward VIII Hospital on Rajbansi’s condition. The report was submitted and Garth Davis, the regional magistrate, approved the application.

He ordered Rajbansi be detained and receive treatment at the private healthcare facility. Davis further ordered that Rajbansi, or his family, would not be responsible for the guarding costs. Rajbansi’s case was adjourned to 11 November for further reporting and monitoring of his health. Rajbansi has been charged with fraud amounting to R500,000.

 

Full report in The Post

 

 

See also

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