SA Human Rights Commission visits Thabamoopo Hospital after DA exposes human rights violation

Langa Bodlani (MPL)

Spokesperson on Health

The SA Human Rights Commission has visited the Thabamoopo Psychiatric Hospital in Lebowakgomo after the DA exposed the violation of the mentally ill patients’ human rights.

We commend the Human Rights Commission for its swift action to visit this hospital. We await the commission’s remedial recommendations which we will take to the Legislature as soon as possible.

Last week the DA undertook an unannounced oversight visit to Thabamoopo Hospital to find mentally ill patients housed under degrading conditions.

Patients at the female chronic ward do not have hot water and have to go the other ward to share one shower. The geyser is not working. This situation has endured for a long time including during cold winter seasons.

At this ward almost all toilets have not been working since 2012.

Doors and windows are broken which causes leaks when it rains. This makes it easy for patients to roam around without supervision especially at night.

The male chronic ward which has about 83 patients also has no flushing toilet. This ward is overcrowded way beyond its capacity.

The DA will continue monitoring this situation until the patients at Thabamoopo are treated with dignity.