Man dies, refused treatment over R20 hospital admin fee

Bheki Mlangeni Hospital allegedly refused to treat a man (64) because he didn't have the R20 admission fee.

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JOHANNESBURG - A Naledi man has told Eyewitness News how staff at the Bheki Mlangeni Hospital in Soweto refused to treat his 64-year-old father because he didn't have the R20 admission fee.

Bheki Mazibuko died last Thursday after waiting at the hospital for more than two hours as his son, Bongani, ran around trying to borrow the money.

Mazibuko says he was able to raise R15, but health officials still made his father wait another 30 minutes before helping him.

Mazibuko says he arrived home from work last Thursday to find his father complaining about chest pains.

Bheki Mazibuko. Picture: Supplied.

He says after pleading with staff at the hospital and running around to try and find R20, his father was finally given oxygen, but it was too late and he died while sitting in a wheelchair.

"I had to go and ask for money from street vendors, taxi drivers, and other people. When I got back I explained to the doctor that my father is a pensioner, I don't have money with me; I only have R15 and am short of R5. They refused to take that R15."

Mazibuko is demanding answers from staff at the Bheki Mlangeni Hospital.

"I do feel angry and I just want them to tell me what really happened."

Gauteng health department spokesperson Steve Mabona says it's unacceptable that a man has died over a R20 admission fee.

"As the department we are saddened by what transpired there. There's no patient that must be turned away because of lack of funds or any other thing."

He says the department is investigating and disciplinary action will be taken if anyone is found to have been negligent.