TB Joshua Crash Aftermath: what happened at the Biko Hospital ICU?

While the bodies of the deceased from the TB Joshua Synagogue Church of All Nations remain in Lagosian mortuaries, a claim has been made that existing ICU patients at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria were moved to make way for arriving survivors.

Hendrick - a John Robbie Show caller - expressed his frustrations about his now deceased cousin who he says was moved from that hospital's intensive care unit:

My cousin was admitted to Steve Biko Academic Hospital to have her kidney removed. She was put in high care and after two days, they told her she has to be moved out to make space for the victims of that Nigerian building collapse. Her being taken out of intensive care resulted in her getting an infection in her open wounds. Last night, she was sent home in extreme pain and this morning, when we got up for work, we found her dead in the toilet. They make space in high care for people with ankle injuries and this is the third person that I know that's been moved to make space for these Nigerian victims.

CEO of the Steve Biko Academic Hospital Dr Ernest Kenoshi meanwhile says attempts have been made to reach out to Hendrick:

I did call Hendrick a few minutes ago to get to the bottom of this story and he (Hendrick) refuses to reveal the name of his cousin, we don't know the name of the patient, so it become impossible to check this. In general, when patients get better, they get moved from high care to a normal care ward - that's standard. If there is nothing wrong with them, they don't go back to high care. The aim of treating any patient is that they will get better and ultimately be discharged. So if the patient was discharged, then it must mean that the patient was better. We only discharge patients when they are ready for discharge. I don't know the details of the case, he says he's going to lawyers and he won't discuss details with the hospital management or the Gauteng Health Department. At this point it is difficult, but we will get to the bottom of this case, once we have all the details.

Dr Kenoshi dispels perceptions that patients were moved to make way for the survivors of the Nigeria collapse:

Of the patients who came from Nigeria, only two came into intensive care or high care. All the others were treated in normal wards. There were one or two who - after operations - were taken into high care but most of the patients were treated in normal wards. There was not much movement of patients from high care into normal wards to make space for the patients who involved in the unfortunate incident.


This article first appeared on 702 : TB Joshua Crash Aftermath: what happened at the Biko Hospital ICU?


CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Major medical breakthrough: New gene pegged as cause of heart attacks in youth

Major medical breakthrough: New gene pegged as cause of heart attacks in youth

This is being called the biggest medical advancement in South African cardiology since Dr Chris Barnard's first heart transplant.

Parents urged to check tertiary institutions are legit before registering kids

Parents urged to check tertiary institutions are legit before registering kids

The Council on Higher Education says parents need to be wary of the increasing number of fly-by-night tertiary institutions.

New app to detect hearing loss

New app to detect hearing loss

University of Pretoria has developed a new app which uses a smartphone to detect hearing loss.

What we can expect from SABC after inquiry consolidates

What we can expect from SABC after inquiry consolidates

SABC's leadership and parliament has come under fire since the inquiry into the board's fitness to hold office.

LISTEN: Radio veterans, Gordhan, sports stars, celebs say bye to John Robbie

LISTEN: Radio veterans, Gordhan, sports stars, celebs say bye to John Robbie

John Robbie's 30-year run in radio has come to an end with friends, callers and colleagues wishing him a heartfelt goodbye.

2016 news wrap: A look back at the stories that grabbed SA's attention

2016 news wrap: A look back at the stories that grabbed SA's attention

Barry Bateman spoke to Stephen Grootes to unpack the meaning behind the stories that dominated the headlines in 2016.

Popular articles
Zim ministers snub Mugabe's cabinet meeting call

Zim ministers snub Mugabe's cabinet meeting call

Regional Co-Ordinator at Crisis Zimbabwe Coalition, Joy Mabenge says the keys to Mugabe's impeachment are turning very fast.

Tender irregularities plague City of Cape Town

Tender irregularities plague City of Cape Town

Allegations point to irregularities in the tender processes where some bidders were preferred by the City's senior executives.

What Shoprite, Checkers, Pick n Pay and Makro will offer on Black Friday

What Shoprite, Checkers, Pick n Pay and Makro will offer on Black Friday

Up for a Springboks level scrum? Instructions on how to ensure you get the deals in your inbox the moment they become known...

I didn't believe that he was ever going to step down - JJ Cornish

I didn't believe that he was ever going to step down - JJ Cornish

EWN Africa Correspondent, JJ Cornish describes Mugabe's Sunday evening speech as a humiliating downturn for the Zim president.