Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance (DA) in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday welcomed the announcement of an investigation by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) into the RK Khan Hospital after a patient was found with maggots in his mouth.
On Tuesday last week, 52-year-old Sadick Ebrahim was found with maggots in his mouth before his death.
"The ‘own initiative investigation’ by the SAHRC is exactly what is needed, this is because the notice given by KZN Health MEC, Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu, of a probe into this alleged despicable lapse in care, will amount to nothing from her side," said DA member of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, Imran Keeka.
"We know this because of the numerous cases in the past, where her predecessor promised investigations into serious matters which ended with no consequences whatsoever. No one was held accountable in these instances and, certainly, no one was ever fired."
Keeka said the DA has conducted several oversight inspections at this hospital in recent years and the facility operates at a higher than normal capacity yet it was severely understaffed. This was no doubt a major contributor to many of the complaints that the DA has received, he said.