A male patient died at the entrance of Northam Clinic, Limpopo after security guards refused to open for him because of load shedding.

It is alleged that a family brought a critically ill male patient around 03:00am. He was bleeding in all his body orifices as an emergency.

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But instead of allowing them access, security guards informed them that due to load shedding, they would not open for them. They opted to give them contact numbers for Emergency Medical Services.

But unfortunately, by the time the ambulance arrived, the patient had already died. Nurses on duty were only informed after the patient had died.


The Limpopo Department of Health has since initiated an investigation into a distressing incident.

“While we are still waiting for the full report on what transpired. We are hurt, saddened, and equally angered by the allegations. Denying access to healthcare services contradicts our commitment to upholding basic human rights,” said MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba.

“We reiterate our plea to security guards to adhere to their duties and refrain from triaging patients, a responsibility outside their expertise. Our heartfelt condolences go to the family of the deceased,” she said.