'Street birth mom' to give statement

Nomsa Mathebula and her son Sebathle. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN
Nomsa Mathebula on the pavement outside Soshanguve Clinic. Picture: iWitness
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PRETORIA - A woman forced to give birth on the pavement outside the Soshanguve Clinic, north of Pretoria, will meet with officials on Friday to provide her statement for the Department of Health’s investigation into the matter. 

Eyewitness News reported on Wednesday how nurses at the facility ignored Nomsa Mathebula's plight, despite pleas from members of the public to help her. 

For more than an hour, nurses apparently ignored calls to help the mother who had gone into labour last Thursday. 

The same nurses had earlier referred her to a larger hospital claiming they could not help her because her blood pressure was too low.

Mathebula said she would provide officials with her version of events. 

But already, the health department spokesperson Simon Zwane said their initial investigation shows the nurses did not follow procedure. 

“If there was a need to refer her to hospital, the nurses had to call the ambulance themselves and not to let her find her own transport.”

Registrar of South African Nursing Council Tendani Mabuda said they would consider the department's findings.

“Where there is controversy, the practitioner involved will be called for a disciplinary processes.”

He said the nurses faced being struck off the roll and prevented from practising.