Police are investigating allegations that a two-year-old girl was attacked while in a COVID-19 isolation area in the hospital last month
George Mukhari Hospital CEO Richard Lebethe said that he learnt through the media that a two-year-old girl was allegedly raped at the Pretoria facility.
The family said that they reported the crime to the hospital staff but he claimed that the report was never escalated to him or anyone else in management.
Police are investigating allegations that the toddler was attacked while in a COVID-19 isolation area last month.
Lebethe has blamed a breakdown in communication for not knowing about the sexual assault sooner.
"Several days after the incident, it did come to the out-patient department, in fact, at casualty. When they spoke to the nurse there, the nurse decided it was important that the police be called. Unfortunately, the message was never passed over to me nor any other [member of] management."
Lebethe said that although the two-year-old girl was not allowed to have her mother with her while in isolation at the facility where she was allegedly raped, she was not left alone.
He said that the girl's mother was not allowed to be with her during the night due to minimum space at the facility.
"She was with another child, who is premature, and the mother of the child. I wouldn't like to go into the merits and demerits of the case. She was not alone in there and that becomes a difficult one and it actually makes you think."