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On the hunt for ghosts at ‘haunted’ hospital

The abandoned Kempton Park Hospital has become a popular spot for ghost hunters.

The Kempton Park Hospital closed its doors the day after Christmas in 1997 with millions of rands worth of equipment locked inside and there's still no clear explanation why. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Millions have been spent on paying security guards to patrol the abandoned Kempton Park Hospital for the past 17 years, which has since become a popular spot for ghost hunters.

Eyewitness News visited the once prestigious facility, which shut its doors in 1997 with millions of rands worth of equipment locked inside, most of which has now been stolen or is broken and outdated.

While the province's ailing health system continues to be in the spotlight, the abandoned facility now serves no purpose.

The once prestigious facility has now become known as the 'haunted hospital'.

The building is several stories high, with abandoned surgical theatres and hospital rooms.

There's no electricity, the rooms are empty, the ceilings have been ripped out, there are broken windows and doors and thousands of confidential patient files litter the floors.

Security guards who patrol the building say it has become a popular venue for ghost hunters and they too believe the place is haunted.

For a fee, they will guide curious members of the public through the hospital.

A doctor, who used to work at the facility and wants to remain anonymous, says government decided to close down the hospital.

"It certainly was not because of staff issues."

At the same time, Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu says a decision to either reopen or demolish the abandoned Kempton Park Hospital will be made later this year.

Mahlangu says the hospital was shut down because it was underutilised.

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