There is “no truth” to the fact that an East Rand entrepreneur did not get food at Tembisa Hospital in Ekurhuleni for two days before he died on Monday.
Lekopane Mogaladi, chief executive of the hospital, was adamant Friday that the hospital’s own investigation found no evidence that Shonisani Lethole, 33, was denied food.
Lethole, from desperation to his hospital bed, tweeted to Dr. Zweli Mkhize, national health minister, sent about his treatment in hospital.
The Gauteng Department of Health, meanwhile, has launched its own investigation into the incident.
Lethole died on Monday in hospital at Covid-19 after sending a tweet to Mkhize on June 25 asking him to intervene. He also complained to his family about the lack of food.
He was admitted on June 22 after struggling to breathe.
“The fact that I want to put to you now is that I can confirm without any fear of contradiction that there is no truth in the allegations,” Mogaladi told Netwerk24. “I want to tell you that as a hospital we have the facts at our disposal and the narrative is not correct,” he said.
Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku said in a statement on Thursday that representatives from his office visited the Lethole family and assured them that an investigation would be conducted to determine exactly what had happened.
“The department gives assurance that nothing will be swept under the rug. We did not evade our responsibility where we as a department failed, ”Masuku said.
Mogaladi says he will make the hospital’s report available to the department.