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GP Health condemns force used to remove ill baby’s father at Mamelodi Hospital

Tlotlo Ntehelang posted cellphone footage on Facebook of guards pulling at his clothes while his child cried.

A screengrab of Tlotlo Ntehelang being pulled away by security guards at the Mamelodi Day Hospital.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Health Department says management at the Mamelodi Day Hospital in Pretoria had the right to call security when an ill baby's father refused to leave the ward, but has condemned the force that the guards used when removing him.

Tlotlo Ntehelang and his wife took their infant to the hospital last Thursday.

Ntehelang posted a cellphone video on Facebook, taken by his wife, showing security guards pulling him by his clothes while his child cried in the background.

The Gauteng Health Department's Steve Mabona says the public needs to understand that each hospital has policies that should be adhered to.

He says hospital's policy is that only one family member is allowed in the casualty ward and this was explained to Ntehelang before the security guards removed him.

"The policy ensures that you minimise the number of people that are there and hence only one parent will be accompanying the patient. That was explained."

In the video posted, Ntehelang is seen being pulled away from his child's bed by two security guards, before a third person comes and demands that his wife hand over her cellphone.

Mabona says the scenes that played out at the hospital are regrettable and the department will see to it that they don't happen again.

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