- Four Mamelodi staff members have been placed on special leave after footage went viral of the ill-treatment of an elderly lady
- The preliminary report stated the gogo was tied up for more than eight hours following an "incident"
- The abused lady's family has since opened a case of assault against the hospital and called for heads to roll
On Sunday, new Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku revealed that two doctors, a nurse and a security guard have been put on special leave pending an investigation into a horrific incident at Mamelodi Day Hospital last week.
IOL reported Masuku revealed the preliminary report stated that the 76-year-old gogo, Martha Marais, was left on the cold floor shackled to the bench for more than eight hours.
Maseku added the report also indicated that an 'incident' took place that led to the decision to restrain Marais.
The MEC said he does not agree with the staff's actions and added there were more humane ways to restrain the elderly lady.
"There is suggestion that she was a bit confused and a bit violent but we have standard procedural things we have to do and these were not followed," said Masuku.
Meanwhile, Marais' family has since opened an assault case against the hospital. The elderly lady also opened up about the incident, describing it as humiliating.
According to eNCA, Marais added she felt helpless and cold while lying under the bench, on top of that, her wrists are still hurting from the experience.
Last week, Briefly.co.za reported social media users were left fuming after photos and a video went viral of an elderly lady, who was identified as Martha Marais, tied up to a bench with her hands behind her back.
The posts revealed Marais was awaiting necessary medical treatment when she was abused by the staff and left on the cold floor until her daughter found her.
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