A brutalised young mother, Mavis Sikhosana has released photos of her face that show her badly swollen after a vicious beating by nurses in Middelburg Hospital, occurring while she was giving birth to her daughter.

The ANC-Department of Health is negligent, and is turning our hospitals into black torture chambers. Black South Africans are fearful that the corrupt & inept government officials who set the tone for abuse and mismanagement of resources in state hospitals, have driven our doctors and nurses to levels of desperation not seen before. The hospital staff are overworked, under-payed, and under-qualified – and ultimately ignore pleas for help, and callously & prejudicially disregard the needs of their patients.

According to the victim: “I fell asleep and was woken up by the nurse. She said to me, ‘hey wena [you], wake up and clean up your vomit’. I was weak and experiencing contractions but I gathered enough strength to discard the vomit inside the toilet.”

Sikhosana said the situation grew worse as her labour pains intensified but the nurse complained about her screaming and later left the room.

“I didn’t have the strength to call out for the nurse and asked another patient in the ward to help me call for help.”

Sikhosana said she delivered her baby before a nurse came into the room. She said the nurse who finally came to assist her moments after the baby was born told her that her colleague, who was supposed to help her deliver the baby, was sleeping.

The spokesperson for the provincial health department Dumisani Malamule said they were aware of the case.