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Gauteng government cannot rule out sabotage in recurring hospital fires

Addressing media on Monday, Mokgethi said her department would get to the bottom of the problem.

“Of course [we suspect] there is [sabotage], you cannot have fires year after year,” she said.

“It looks like every year in the department of health we have to deal with fires, but we are doing something on that. I will be getting a report this afternoon [Monday], especially on the Charlotte [Maxeke Hospital] issue.

“On the Steve Biko Hospital, I did receive a report that the tents that were used, one of them caught fire. There were about five patients in the next tent, but they managed to evacuate without incident and the fire did not spread to the main hospital.

“The tent that burnt down was donated by Old Mutual and I am still waiting for the incident report from the CEO to get details and we await the police to do their own investigation into the cause of the fire.”

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