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MEC Masuku to visit Mamelodi hospital as family lays 'abuse' complaint

Last week, the issue was back on the spotlight after 76-year-old Martha Marais was captured on camera being cuffed to a steel bench while forced to lie down on the floor at the hospital.

Martha Marais (76) tied to a steel bench and lying on the floor at Mamelodi Hospital. Picture: Virginia Keppler/Facebook

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku is expected to visit the Mamelodi hospital following numerous complaints of ill-treatment of patients by medical staff.

Last week, the issue was back on the spotlight after 76-year-old Martha Marais was captured on camera being cuffed to a steel bench while forced to lie down on the floor at the hospital.

The Human Rights Commission requested the MEC to review the work conditions of medical staff to ensure patients are treated with dignity.

The commission's Buang Jones says they will visit elderly woman's family on Sunday.

“The commission will also use the opportunity to meet with MEC for Health in Gauteng with a view to establishing the circumstances that led to that abhorrent conduct.”

Marais’s says she has been left traumatised.

The family laid a criminal complaint on behalf of the 76-year-old against the medical facility in Pretoria.

Family spokesperson Virginia Keppler says the medical staff has a lot to answer to.

“We don’t have any information on the reasons why they did that, but it doesn’t even matter why they did it. They are trained, professional staff and they should’ve put her on a bed and gave her something to calm her if she was being aggressive.”