Marizka Coetzer
3 minute read
28 Sep 2021
4:30 am

Psychiatric patients run amok at Soweto Hospital as 39 people attacked

Marizka Coetzer

Mental healthcare severely neglected in state facilities, says clinical psychologist.

The Bheki Mlangeni hospital in Soweto, 27 September 2021 . Picture: Neil McCartney

Are the extra beds for psychiatric patients at the already overflowing Bheki Mlangeni District Hospital in Soweto just a ticking time bomb? This month, the Gauteng department of health said that in a bid to address the high demand for mental healthcare at the hospital, it was converting a section of the facility into a dedicated 14-bed psychiatry ward. Gauteng department of health spokesperson Kwara Kekana said between January last year and last month, 30 patients and nine staff members had been attacked by mental health patients. Kekana added there was always security placed in sections with mental health patients....