An independent investigator has been appointed by the Gauteng Health Department to look into the alleged rape of a patient at Bheki Mlangeni Hospital by another patient.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) described the hospital as notorious after 11 reports of attacks on patients have been received this year.

The hospital’s CEO, Ruth Mabyana has been removed from her position temporarily after allegations of misconduct against her came to the limelight.

Acting Heath MEC Jacob Mamabolo stated that work needed to be done urgently in order to resolve the challenges at the Soweto hospital and restore the confidence of the community.

The institution’s Motalatale Modiba said: “There is a need to resolve the broader challenges that are currently at Bheki Mlangeni and those challenges are issues around the security of patients and staff, the patient’s experience of care and also restoring public confidence.”

“A process is now under way to actually to look holistically to all of these issues so that a proper plan of action can actually be put in place.”