Family Demands MEC Dr Bandile Masuku To Fulfill Promises

The Marais family spokesperson Virginia Keppler said on Monday the department had broken promises regarding the after-care of Ms Martha. This happened after the department promised to follow-up with the investigations regarding the ill-treatment that Ms Martha experienced at Mamelodi Hospital.

A 76-year-old Ms Martha Marais of Eersterust, who was found tied to a steel bench at the Mamelodi regional hospital on May 29, is still recovering at home. The Marais family was, said that they were, “disgusted” with the department of health after its public promises to the family failed to fulfill.

“Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku never kept his promise to arrange counselling for Ms Martha at home. She only received one visit by a psychologist, a doctor and nurse and they also brought new crutches for her,” Keppler said in a press statement.

Keppler said Ouma Martha was instead taken to the Eersterust clinic for trauma counselling once.

“She is still very much traumatised. She cries a lot and is still scared of those who were involved in her being tied with her hands behind her back to the legs of a steel bench at the Mamelodi hospital.”

The family has demanded that the MEC step up to the plate and keep his promises. Health department spokesperson Lesemang Matuka confirmed receipt of the press statement from the Marais family. Matuka added that there were no new developments in the case against the three doctors, a nurse and two security guards suspected of involvement in the abuse of Ms Martha.

The MEC is not yet reached for comment.

By: Fortunate Machaba

MEC Dr. Bandile Masuku To Do Follow-Up After Mamelodi Hospital Handcuffed Patient

Provincial Health MEC Dr. Bandile Masuku is expected to visit Ms Martha Marias home today as a follow-up to the unfortunate incident which occurred in Mamelodi Hospital. This happens after the family of 76-year-old Martha Marais who was handcuffed to a bench at Mamelodi Hospital on 30 May 2019.

The family laid assault charges against the hospital leading to four people been placed on special leave last month 02 June 2019 due to pending their suspension over the alleged ill-treatment of Ms Martha. Although, Dr. Bandile Masuku visited the family’s home after the incident had occurred to update them on the investigation and apologise for the treatment, the family said that there are still more questions than answers.

The department provided counselling for Marais and her family for the trauma they went through. The follow-up visit will be conducted as part of commitments made by the Gauteng Department of Health to Ms Marais and her family. It is not yet known how the MEC concluded this matter.

More updates to follow

By: Fortunate Machaba