Medical negligence cases surge in Gauteng

Jack Bloom MPL

Spokesperson on Health

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and Health MEC Hope Papo face medical negligence claims that total hundreds of millions of rands.

Eight cases from just one legal practice amount to R103 million (see table below from Attorney Gary Austin).

I estimate that the total amount of medical negligence claims could be a lot more than R300 million.

Last year the department reported to the Public Accounts Committee of the Gauteng Legislature that it faced 101 medico-legal claims totalling R235 million.

The surge in medical negligence cases highlights the urgent need to fix up conditions in our state hospitals as soon as possible.

The department should also try to settle as many cases out of court so as to avoid high legal costs in defending bad cases.

Makgomarela, Virginia obo Kutloana vs Premier of Gauteng (Tembisa Hospital) 2011/35273 South Gauteng, Jhb 15 906 244.00
Mathe, ontsho obo Molemo vs MEC Gauteng (Itereleng Clinic & Baragwanath Hospital) 2012/41608 North Gauteng, Pta 19 287 000.00
Matlawa, Matshidiso obo Lethabo vs MEC Gauteng (Baragwanath Hospital) 2012/11288 North Gauteng, Pta 18 880 000.00
Mavimbela, Brenda obo Nonjabulo vs Premier of Gauteng & MEC (Far East Rand Hospital) 2011/9588 South Gauteng, Jhb 10 976 240.00
Molefe, Prudence obo Kagiso vs MEC Gauteng (Natalspruit Hospital) 2012/65228 North Gauteng, Pta 18 880 000.00
Moletsane, Seth obo Onalerona vs MEC Gauteng (Leratong Hospital) 2012/40077 North Gauteng, Pta 178 000.00
Mpinga, Queen vs MEC Gauteng (Natalspruit & Pholosong Hospitals) 2011/20060 South Gauteng, Jhb 2 966 885.00
Ndlovu, Florence obo Tshepiso vs Premier of Gauteng (Pholosong Hospital) 2011/58288 North Gauteng, Pta 15 906 244.00
Kgabo, Hezra vs (Tambo Memorial Hospital)-investigating      
Labuschagne, Hendriena vs (Charlotte Maxeke Gen. Hospital)-investigating      
Mucavele vs Tambo Memorial – investigating      


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