Medical negligence to blame for Shonisani Lethole’s death: Ombudsman

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Health Ombudsman Professor Malegapuru Makgoba has released shocking findings of an investigation into the death of businessman Shonisani Lethole 

The man was admitted to Tembisa hospital east of Johannesburg with breathing difficulties in July last year.  

He died before receiving his results, which showed that he had tested positive for COVID-19.  

Lethole used Twitter just days before his death to reach out to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize saying he was being starved and pleaded for help.  

Makgoba says he has found evidence of medical negligence on the part of the hospital because Lethole was not offered food for 100 hours during his admission.  

 The proceedings of the findings can be viewed in the video below: 


Families demand answers from Gauteng Health 

In July last year, two Johannesburg families demanded answers from Gauteng Health.

One family claimed their mother died after contracting COVID-19 at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital after being admitted for an unrelated health problem early in June.

The other family alleges negligence at the Tembisa Hospital, as outlined in the report below: