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Port Elizabeth woman seeks justice 17 years after a botched operation

Zukiwe Mangwane

A Port Elizabeth woman is still seeking justice 17 years after a botched operation left her paralysed. The 60-year-old blames the Dora Nginza Hospital for negligence after she was incorrectly diagnosed with tubercular meningitis.

Zukiwe Mangwane says after doctors performed a lumbar puncture there was a numbness in her legs and the procedure contributed to her ailing health.

Mangwane still bears the emotional scars of that horrific day on 9 December

She says her children, who were very young at the time, never finished school as they needed to look after their mother.


Mangwane claims the hospital tried to cover things up by pretending that they were never responsible for the operation.

Sabelo Williams, a community leader of Kwazakele township, says Mangwane has exhausted all avenues to get justice.

When Mangwane went to the Dora Nginza Hospital after she complained about a headache, little did she know that she would return home in a wheelchair.

According to this patient there were no investigations conducted whatsoever and that the hospital actually denied that she spent time there.

Mangwane has also suffered two strokes and fears that she may not live long enough to get justice.

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Source: eNCA