Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
4 minute read
24 Aug 2021
6:42 pm

No medication, no doctors, no oversight, as Kairos care centre death list grows

Sipho Mabena

Kairos house informed Cornel Grobler's mom of her death via SMS, after the 45 year-old's third suicide attempt in one week was finally successful.

The entrance to Kairos house for traumatized people just outside Cullinan, 23 August 2021. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The Pretoria psychiatric patient who committed suicide at Cullinan’s Kairos House was not only heavily depressed and pleading to see to see a doctor before her death, she also allegedly did not have her medication for more than two weeks. Days before she hanged herself, Cornel, 45, begged her mom, Isabella Grobler, to get her out of the centre as she could not sleep. According to her mother, Cornel, who was at the centre for a year, was not taken to Weskoppies psychiatric hospital in Pretoria West for her regular appointments for over a month, and she simply could not...