The Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) has ruled that Gauteng’s Health MEC, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa, is to pay for all damages as a result of the death of local rugby league player Zacharius Johannes de Lange at the Steve Biko Hospital.

The Citizen reports De Lange sustained a spinal cord injury while playing a rugby league game in September 2015.

Following De Lange’s admission at the Steve Biko Hospital, he was diagnosed as an incomplete quadriplegic.

Adams & Adams AttorneysJean-Paul Rudd said that De Lange’s death could have been prevented and that the medical care and treatment was way below standard and amounted to negligence.

Judge Rangata ruled this week that the MEC is liable to compensate De Lange’s wife and two children for 100% of the damages they sustained following De Lange’s passing,’ Rudd said.

He said a quantum trial date is to determine the damages due.

Full report in The Citizen