Mbuso got the nod for 1 Mil­i­tary Hos­pi­tal care be­fore rape charges

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Mbuso Man­dela’s treat­ment for re­ported post­trau­matic stress dis­or­der at 1 Mil­i­tary Hos­pi­tal in Pre­to­ria was ap­proved long be­fore he was ac­cused of rape.

Joy Peter, spokesper­son for De­fence Min­is­ter No­siviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, con­firmed to City Press that the min­is­ter had ap­proved the 24-year-old’s treat­ment in a joint de­ci­sion with the mil­i­tary health ser­vices sur­geon gen­eral, Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Aubrey Sed­ibe.

Out­rage con­tin­ues to build about how Mbuso Man­dela – who was granted bail of R7 000 this week af­ter al­legedly rap­ing a 15-year-old school­girl in a north­ern Joburg bar and res­tau­rant – could be treated at the top mil­i­tary hos­pi­tal when he is not a VIP.

Peter said Mapisa-Nqakula gave the go-ahead to ad­mit Man­dela to 1 Mil­i­tary Hos­pi­tal “long be­fore” the re­cent rape case, say­ing ex­cep­tions for the ad­mit­tance of pri­vate pa­tients could be made if the min­is­ter granted it in spe­cial cir­cum­stances.

“In cases like this the pa­tients will also pay for treat­ment,” she said.

In his af­fi­davit be­fore court, Mbuso Man­dela said he was un­em­ployed, had two chil­dren and another baby on the way. He also said he wanted the court to treat him the same as any other rape ac­cused and not as “a Man­dela”.

A for­mer se­nior of­fi­cer and doc­tor from 1 Mil­i­tary Hos­pi­tal told City Press it was a trav­esty to al­low Mbuso Man­dela treat­ment in the hos­pi­tal when not even serv­ing sol­diers’ chil­dren over the age of 18 are al­lowed to re­ceive free med­i­cal care there.

As a grand­son of the for­mer pres­i­dent, Mbuso Man­dela does not qual­ify for any VIP treat­ment.

The hos­pi­tal’s VIP wing is re­served for vis­it­ing heads of state and gov­ern­ment min­is­ters who fall ill and need to be treated there.

The VIP wing is mostly used in emer­gency cases for vis­it­ing heads of state where strict ac­cess con­trol can be main­tained for se­cu­rity pur­poses – or to keep them away from the pry­ing eyes of the public.

The for­mer se­nior of­fi­cer said when a VIP pa­tient is ad­mit­ted to the wing, armed guards con­trol the en­trance to the area and cer­tain med­i­cal staff mem­bers are al­lowed in.

In the past, the hos­pi­tal and the SA Mil­i­tary Health Ser­vice have strictly ad­hered to the prin­ci­ple that no pri­vate pa­tients are al­lowed treat­ment at the hos­pi­tal – not even if they are will­ing to pay.

Mbuso Man­dela

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