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Family of woman handcuffed to hospital floor welcome investigation

03 June 2019

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Friday said it would investigate the circumstances around the incident.

Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku has said four employees have been implicated in an investigation at a Mamelodi hospital after an elderly woman, Matha Marais, was found handcuffed to the floor.
Marais' daughter, Stephanie, posted a video on social media where she can be heard shouting: "This is my mother, man. This is not a dog. Is it right for me to come and find my mother like this? Is this right? She is 76 years old, and this is what you are doing to her."


The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Friday said it would investigate the circumstances around the incident.

Virginia Keppler, a spokesperson for Marais's says  Marais' daughter spoke to the nurses on duty and tried to get an explanation for what had led to her mother being restrained, but to no avail.
"Nobody came forward to help, no one. It took them at least 24 hours to get someone to untie her mother," said
Masuku visited the family over the weekend and said the employees have been placed on special leave pending their suspension.
According to Keppler, a security guard, a nurse, and two doctors are among those implicated in wrongdoing.

Source: Jacaranda FM

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