Probe as hospital reportedly refuses help to non-Xhosa speaking couple

An elderly man & his wife were apparently refused help at a hospital because they could not speak Xhosa.

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CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Health Department says it’s investigating claims that an elderly man and his wife were apparently refused help at a hospital because they could not speak Xhosa.

Roy Retief, 70, claims he was forced to rush his wife to another hospital after nurses at the Mitchells Plain Day Hospital refused to treat her.

He was injured when the vehicle the couple was travelling in was pelted with stones.

Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo says they view these allegations in a serious light.

“One can make a complaint immediately. We have a hotline centre where you can use a 'please call me' service if you don’t have airtime, or use a 08600 number. No one can be turned away from any facility without being assessed.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)