‘I showed them my child covered in blood’

Steven Motsumi rushed his son to a Lenasia clinic but the child died after they were allegedly turned away.

FILE. Steven Motsumi rushed his son to a Lenasia clinic but the child died after they were allegedly turned away.  Picture: Stock.xchng.

JOHANNESBURG - The father of a five-year-old boy who was denied access to a Lenasia clinic says he's still shocked at how security guards refused to help his visibly injured child.

Last month, Steven Motsumi rushed his son to the Lenasia South Clinic after he sustained a serious head injury.

Vincent Mabitwa had fallen off a large rock and injured his skull.

However, his parents claim security guards denied them access, claiming the clinic was full and doctors were off duty.

His father says he still can't believe the guards refused to let him in.

"I showed them my child who was covered in blood and asked them to help us but they simply said we wouldn't get any help at the clinic."

The five-year-old was declared dead upon arrival at a private clinic, where the guards had instructed his father to take him.

The incident happened two weeks before the death of three-week-old Queen Elizabeth Sebitso, who died outside the same Lenasia South Clinic when her mother was allegedly also turned away by security guards.

The Department of Health has begun investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the little girl.