Xenophobia spreads to hospitals: South African doctors refusing to treat foreigners


On Friday, my neighbor’s son developed some skin rash. His father bought him some medication, and on Saturday we saw a slight change. In the morning, Sunday, things changed again for the worse, the son started crying uncontrollably.

We are at a distance of a kilometer away from the hospital responsible for the children, pregnant and lactating mothers.

The mother then took her son to the hospital, together with the son’s passport. As neighbors, my wife decided to accompany her friend.

They were comfortably welcomed upon arrival at the hospital. However, things turned gloomy when the doctor demanded the son’s passport and declined to help the poor son lying on the floor saying the passport was expired. According to him, the doctor, the passport expired in 2018, while in true sense the passport is expiring in 2023.

Like a joke, the doctor kept the passport, and stood on his ground declining to help the son. This brought a huge disagreement between the mother and the doctor. The doctor then showed produced a box full of passports confiscated from others, the mother became completely confused. Seeing that the mother was unmoved, the doctor threatened to call the securities. The mother and my wife left the hospital and returned home, with the son unattended.

They narrated this sad story to the son’s father, who decided to go and report to police, I accompanied him. Our nearest police station’s name is Brixton and the hospital in question is Rahima Moosa others call it Coalination (sp). This hospital is situated after University of Johannesburg, and Helen Joseph hospital, along Perth Road.

The police shockingly wrote us a letter, and asked this doctor how was this his job?

We produced this letter to the doctor upon arrival at the hospital, and a confrontation immediately erupted. The doctor questioned us how we got ourselves to the police, saying we bribed them. He threatened to call the home affairs department for us, something that unmoved us.
This time, with some vulgar and sour words that we exchanged, the securities came in. We were taken to their office, which is within the hospital’s premises. We explained what we wanted, and what had happened. The securities heard us, they went and collected the passport for us, then we left.

The son will be taken to a private hospital this morning.



  1. Have once lived in South Africa for almost 15 years and deliberately moved to Namibia where people are so friendly. Ladies and Gentlemen the South Africans are the most cruel and jealousy people in African continent upon the other tribes in their Country. It does not matter whether you hold all the required documents allowing one live in their Country the bottom line is to attack you. Very ironically these fools live in other countries peacefully!
    I was so annoyed when I heard a comment by one of our person saying the recent action by South Africans upon Malawians is Criminally motivated? This is too shit! My advice is therefore herein that lets also start chasing South Africans out of our Country and we do not care the quantity of sufferings that might be encountered on us. South Africans tend to ignore that they too were being helped by other nations for the freedom they are enjoying now. There must go and ask NELSON SHASHA MANDELA NOW!

  2. This doctor should be fired and struck off the medical role, but before that, ask if it’s OK if his children get the same treatment he dishes out.

  3. Good day
    I would like to confirm that this is how it happens mostly when some of the South Africans people never traveled to any other foreign countries, where they could learn that we are all African people as One, or just let’s forget to use Africa Name, think About Creater (God Almighty) With His Grace he never divided among us. Some people they are heartless in the country need to repent and start a new life.

  4. My Dear Doctor,
    If its really true of what my parents say here, you are totally heartless.
    You were suppose to treat the child since was sick, they never came up to that clinic of yours to show up who they were but with a patient that needed to be treated and looked after immediately but no it was your time to let the child die.
    Why so cruel like that? We do understand to end up here is to look for green pasture, why to attack us on this way?
    Feel your heart ask yourself if that could be another doctor doing did the same cruelty to your only beloved child, how could you react?

  5. This is the most cruel story IV ever read.may God deal with this evil doctor

  6. They must blacklist the docter and revoke his licence to practice internationally

  7. My son have been studying with a study permit for the past four years we went to extend his permit take every document required by home affairs only for home affairs to say that the school letter is fake we report to the school and the school gave us another letter we paid home affairs fees again just today my son went to home affairs to get his permit they gave him a letter that the school letter is fake again my son will be righting matric . They’ve got all the school information I don’t know why my son student number is there health insurance number is there I don’t know what they want they gave him a letter to live the country the school my son is attending is Johannesburg polytechnic institute

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