Health authorities were on Tuesday scrambling for explanations on why security guards denied a woman entry to Steve Biko Academic Hospital to say goodbye to her dying mother.
All the provincial Department of Health could say was that it would try to ascertain the facts around the allegations made by Laetitia Musiker.
The woman wept uncontrollably as she spoke of her battle to gain access to the hospital, having earlier been phoned and asked to rush there as her mother was dying.
On arrival, Musiker alleged security guards insisted that she joined the queue of visitors. While she battled to convince the security personnel to allow her in, her 84-year-old mother, Joanna Fraetas, died.
“I had just wanted to thank her for everything and that I loved her because she deserved to hear that in her last moments, but I was denied that chance,” said a sobbing Musiker.
She told the Pretoria News she received a call from the hospital at about 10am. Medical staff