Pretoria - Retired judge Neels Classen will facilitate the mediation between the Department of Health and the family of Martha Marais, the elderly woman who was pictured chained to a bench in the waiting area at Mamelodi Day Hospital.
Provincial Health Department spokesperson Kwara Kekana said the mediation agreement had been sent to both parties and was set to be signed yesterday.
Mediation has been due to start by September 20. Previously the department requested for more time to conclude its investigation into the 76-year-old’s ordeal.
Marais was restrained under a bench at the hospital, and was found there by family, lying on the tiled floor. A video of the incident went viral, sparking wide outrage and prompting an investigation.
Newly appointed health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku and Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize, both got personally involved.