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By unknown | Oct 23, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Riot Hlatshwayo

Riot Hlatshwayo

A Mpumalanga family is devastated after nurses from the controversial Tintswalo Hospital in Acornhoek allegedly assaulted their relative to death, claiming that he had fallen from the bed.

According to his family, when Piet Kenneth Ndlovu, 53, was admitted to the hospital for TB treatment on September 19, he had no visible injuries to his body but died under mysterious circumstances on October 2.

"We cannot accept the explanation given by nurses who claimed that my uncle fell off the hospital bed, because he had sustained more than five visible wounds to the head that were possibly inflicted by a blunt object," said the deceased's nephew, Blessing Ndlovu.

Blessing said that his uncle also had a broken neck and, according to the postmortem report, Ndlovu died from subdural haemorrhaging because of head injuries.

Sydwel Ndlovu, 30, Ndlovu's son, told Sowetan that he had visited his father at the hospital on October 2 at about 10.30am when he noticed that his head was bandaged.

"I could see that something was wrong because my father did not have any injuries when we took him to hospital.

"A male nurse told me that my father had fallen off the bed at about 4am that morning," said Sydwel.

"While I was still shocked by this, my father started bleeding from the mouth and nose," Sydwel said.

"He died right there in front of me," added Sydwel.

He said that the family tried to have a meeting with the management but were allegedly blocked by the male nurse known only as B Molemo.

"We eventually convinced him to let us speak to the management.

"A Sister Adelaide Ubisi and the hospital's liaison officer, Elphas Mathole, promised to investigate the matter," said Sydwel.

A hospital official visited the family the following day.

The official insisted that Ndlovu's injuries were because of his falling off a bed.

Ndlovu is survived by his wife, Reina, four sons and a daughter and two grandchildren.

He was buried on October 13.

Ndlovu's mother Rosia Ndlovu told Sowetan that she was very upset because the hospital had "killed" her son while she was one of the people who contributed to the building of the hospital in 1930.

During that period the hospital was called Ethel Lucas Memorial Hospital.

Inspector Joseph Mogakane of Acornhoek police confirmed that police were investigating a murder case against the hospital.

Mpumalanga health department spokesman Mpho Gabashane refused to comment, saying that the matter was in the hands of the police.


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