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Alleged death by load shedding: Family may sue Health Dept

An elderly woman and a teenager died in the Letaba Hospital's ICU during a power outage.

FILE: The families believe their loved ones died due to load shedding at the Letaba Hospital. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Two families have called on the Limpopo Health Department to investigate deaths of their relatives at the Letaba Hospital after suspicions that load shedding may have played a role.

An elderly woman and a 17-year-old were admitted to the same Intensive Care Unit this month and died after power outages in the area.

The families blame the shortage of diesel to keep the generators running, but the hospital has strongly denied this.

Phillimon Malatji, whose niece Faith died, says the family is considering legal action.

"She was improving but the nurse who was with her, said to doctor, 'tell them she didn't die because of load shedding.' and that's when we got suspicious."

Meanwhile, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says he's written letters to hospitals around the country warning them to stock fuel as they won't be exempted from load shedding.