A man who’s elderly father died after contracting COVID-19 at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital is seeking answers from officials around the death of his father.
His father was admitted to the Phoenix facility early this month with chest pains, diabetes, pulmonary lung infection and a blocked artery.
He says they were shocked after receiving an unexpected call from his father telling them that another patient in the same ward he was in had tested positive for COVID-19.
The son, who’s asked to remain anonymous, told Newswatch once the patient tested positive in mid-May, the entire ward was locked down, and all patients in it were tested, including his father.
He says he was told that his father would be quarantined while awaiting the outcome of his results.
The family then received a phone call from a doctor notifying them that his father tested positive for the virus, and was having difficulties breathing and was on oxygen supply.
He was then transferred to the Chief Albert Luthuli Hospital where he later died.
Another heartbreaking factor for the family was that only three people attended the deceased’s funeral as many feared contracting the virus.
The deceased’s son says he wants health officials to be held accountable and says no one from the hospital has contacted them to tell them what happened.
Meanwhile, the hospital’s Sham Maharaj has conveyed his condolences to the family and says he’s hopeful measures to safeguard staff and patients will be implemented soon.
Maharaj also says the hospital has put measures in place to safeguard staff and patients.
Skeem Saam’s Koko Mantsha death dismissed as fake news
Koko Mantsha, the popular Skeem Saam character acto, real name, Lydia Mokgokoloshi is not dead.
Social media is awash with news of her death which seems to have been fuelled by fake news sites aiming to profit from unsuspecting lovers of the 80 year-old veteran actress.
Lydia Mokgokoloshi, has appeared in many television shows including Muvhango and Bophelo ke semphego.
Mokgokoloshi was born on 27 September 1939, in Polokwane, Polokwane Local Municipality, Capricorn District Municipality, Limpopo.
She is most famous for acting as Koko Mantsha the grandmother of Katlego Pietersen (Patrick Seleka) in the soap, Skeem Saam.
Tweets and reports that Mme Lydia Mokgokoloshi has passed are FALSE
Nkoko Mantsha, as she is affectionately known to Skeem Saam fans, is alive.
The FB page reporting this is NOT an SABC creates page. pic.twitter.com/mGcpWASpqf
— Kgopolo (@PhilMphela) July 24, 2021
Watch: Thulani Dlomo an alleged ‘Zuma spy’, hands himself in
Thulani Dlomo, the axed former SSA top spy and former SA ambassador to Japan has handed himself over to police on Friday.
Dlomo’s lawyer Philani Shangase said that he handed himself over at his own will at the Durban Central Police station on Friday.
He said Dlomo was not arrested but wanted to clear his name following media reports.
Dlomo was being interviewed by police officers at 17h00 on Friday.
“He has denied all wrong doing,” Shangase said.
Dlomo was suspected to be one of the instigators of the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
This is a developing story.
Residents warned against consuming dead fish washing up at Umhlanga and Umdloti beaches – video
The eThekwini Municipality has sent out a warning to residents against collecting and consuming dead fish and crayfish that have washed up on the beaches of Umhlanga and Umdloti, north of Durban.
The public has been asked to refrain from fishing, surfing and swimming on the beaches after a video of the dead fish on the beaches emerged on social media.
The municipality said it was investigating what caused the marine life to die.
“It is considered serious and can affect one’s health if collected and consumed.”
According to reports, run-off water and chemicals reached the ocean through storm water drains after firefighters battled a blaze at a chemical plant at Cornubia started by looters on Tuesday.
“The public is advised to refrain from all recreational activities, including fishing or surfing, bait collection and picking up of dead species in this area,” said the municipality.
“Collecting or harvesting of any marine living resource in the area is temporarily prohibited until the cause is determined and the threat has abated.
“Authorities are investigating the source of the pollution and cleanup companies are trying to contain the spill.”
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