The Human Rights Commission says the Tembisa Hospital, East of Johannesburg, has violated patients’ rights. There’ve been allegations of patients sleeping on the floors, shortage of medicine and ill-treatment of patients.

The hospital management has acknowledged the challenges and blame some of this on staff shortages and lack of adequate space.

The commission visited the hospital as part of their oversight. Spokesperson Baung Jones says more investigations are still to be done.

“We have made a prima-faque assessment that there has been violations but we still need to conduct further investigations….this was also the findings, the exercise and the mission by the Human Rights Commission,” says Jones.