Rape claims rock controversial Soweto psychiatric hospital

Rape claims rock controversial Soweto psychiatric hospital

A man has allegedly been raped at Bheki Mlangeni Psychiatric Hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg.

“It appears that a male psychiatric patient at Bheki Mlangeni raped another male patient, who was then taken to the Nthabiseng Rape Centre at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital,” says DA Gauteng Shadow Health MEC, Jack Bloom, in a statement.

Bloom says this is the 11th” violent incident at Bheki Mlangeni this year alone.

He is calling for the sacking of the hospital CEO, Ruth Mabyana, who was reinstated in August after a precautionary leave over a fatal stabbing incident at the health facility.

“In my view, Mabyana is the worst hospital CEO in Gauteng and should have been removed long ago after scandals that include a string of violent assaults on patients and staff as well as a jobs-for-sale racket. It is not forgivable that yet another assault has occurred on a patient at this hospital. Effective steps should have been taken to ensure that mental health patients are only admitted to a dedicated high security ward,” he says.

He adds that: “New management is needed urgently at the hospital to ensure that patients and staff are in a secure environment without threat of violence.”

Gauteng Health says Acting MEC Jacob Mamabolo has dispatched a team to Bheki Mlangeni Hospital to investigate the latest claims.

“A statement will be issued later today once a preliminary report is compiled,” says the department.

Concerns over Bheki Mlangeni management

Last week, members of the Independent Liberation and Allied Workers’ Union (Ilawu) and Soweto community members embarked on a protest, threatening to shut down Bheki Mlangeni Hospital.

They called, among others, for the facility’s human resources management and Mabyana’s sacking.