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Decision on 'haunted' hospital looms

EWN revealed yesterday that the abandoned hospital was left with millions worth of equipment locked inside.

Security guards are paid monthly to look after the abandoned Kempton Park Hospital with taxpayers’ money. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Health Department has vowed to finalise plans for the future of the Kempton Park Hospital by the end of the year.

Eyewitness News revealed yesterday that the hospital, which was abandoned in 1997 due to it being underutilised, was left with millions of rands worth of equipment locked inside.

While most of it has now been stolen or is broken and outdated, it could have been repurposed to other hospitals that are now in desperate need of equipment.

Gauteng Health MEC Quedani Mahlangu says more facilities are needed in order to take pressure off existing hospitals.

"Whether we refurbish or demolish it, plans will definitely start."

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.

Mahlangu on Monday lashed out at security guards who are allowing members of the public into the abandoned hospital for ghost tours.