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MEC slams hospital ghost tours

For a fee, security guards guide members of the public through the facility to look for ghosts.

The abandoned Kempton Park Hospital. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu on Monday lashed out at security guards who are allowing members of the public into the abandoned Kempton Park Hospital for ghost tours.

The multi-million rand facility was shut down in 1997 with equipment locked inside.

Most of the apparatus has either been stolen or is now outdated.

As the ailing healthcare system in the province battles with bed and equipment shortages, questions have been raised about why the hospital hasn't been reopened.

Video: Kempton Park abandoned hospital.

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.

It's unclear why equipment worth millions were left there or why taxpayers are funding security at the empty building.

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

Mahlangu says a decision will be made by the end of the year to either reopen the hospital or demolish it.

But the MEC says more facilities are needed in order to take pressure off existing hospitals.