Johannesburg - The Magaliesburg drug rehabilitation health centre in Gauteng, that was operating illegally has been shut down after its registration expired last year January, the Gauteng department of social development said on Friday.
Gauteng Social Development member of the executive council (MEC) Nandi Mayathula-Khoza said 40-year-old Mahomed Shaik Sulaiman was assaulted in the rehab and later died in hospital and they also found that the procedures that were followed leading to the patient’s death were flawed.
"This centre was also found to be ill-equipped to operate as an in-patient treatment centre in terms of the Prevention and Treatment of Drug Dependency Act. Sulaiman should not have died seeking help from substance abuse and that the centre failed him," said Mayathula-Khoza.
“The deceased was not admitted procedurally and there was no proper medical assessment before admission. He was not admitted at a detoxification unit to manage withdrawals. The aggression of the deceased might have been aggravated by withdrawals as they were not managed medically," she said.
"There was no professional staff on duty when the incident happened and it appears as though the deceased didn’t receive medical attention immediately. There were no incident reports on the file and the centre does not even have an incident register.”