Francine Ngalula Kalala and her baby Emmanuella Kabiena Kalala, who was born at the Gautrain Park station on June 1.Picture: Simphiwe Mbokazi

STEVE Biko Academic Hospital and the Tshwane District Hospital have been cleared of denying DRC asylum seeker Francine Kalala access to healthcare as she went into labour.

This follows Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi's interview with a radio station in which he announced that the women said she did not even go to Steve Biko at all for assistance.

Motsoaledi said after having read articles in The Star newspaper and the Pretoria News he immediately phoned Steve Biko where they established with the use of CCTV footage that they could not find such a patient or records of her visit at all.

"In her own account nobody turned her away from Tshwane. What she reports is that one nurse was very rude to her and at one stage mentioned the possibility that she might have to undergo a caesarean."

"She said she heard the word cesarean and she bolted out, she called her husband and said I am not going to have any caesarean, please wait for me at Park Station I am getting out of this place," Motsoaledi said.

Ministry of Health spokesperson Joe Maila confirmed that Kalala refused to undergo a caesarean as she wanted a natural birth instead.
The Health minister said there was something fishy about the incident and his office would investigate it.

"I am still investigating the matter to establish how these events were incorrectly reported."

Kalala was said to have gone into labour on Thursday but was, according to her husband Serge Kalala, denied admission at Steve Biko and Tshwane District Hospital.

She was said to have boarded the Gautrain to Johannesburg in the hopes that hospitals there would assist her but gave birth at Park station around 7am.

After delivery the couple allegedly were taken by ambulance to the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital – where they were again turned away.
They allegedly received help from the Hillbrow Hospital after waiting for eight hours.