Pretoria matron suspended over k-word allegations

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The entrance to the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria.

The entrance to the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria.

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The entrance to the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria.

The entrance to the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria.

JOHANNESBURG - A maternity ward matron at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria has been suspended over allegations of racism against her by colleagues, the Gauteng Department of Health said on Wednesday.

The matron is alleged to have referred to some of her colleagues using the derogatory "K” word.

“The hospital has appointed an investigation team after racism allegations were levelled against the matron by her colleagues in the unit.

"She has been suspended with immediate effect,” said health department spokesman Steven Mabona.

Health MEC Qedani Mhlangu said racism would not be tolerated.

"We will not tolerate any form of racism in our facilities. The team has been appointed to test the veracity of these allegations.”