An investigation has been launched in South Africa following comments made on camera by a health official to a Zimbabwean patient being treated in hospital that have gone viral.

Dr Phophi Ramathuba is seen chastising the woman who had been in a car accident in neighbouring Zimbabwe, but went to South Africa for treatment.

Dr Ramathuba has rejected criticism that her comments were xenophobic.

The patient, who cannot be seen in the video, is reportedly an undocumented Zimbabwean.

She was waiting for surgery at a government hospital in the town of Bela-Bela, in the South African province of Limpopo, which borders Zimbabwe, Botswana and Mozambique.

In the video, which was first posted on Limpopo’s health department Facebook page earlier this week, Dr Ramathuba told the woman that Zimbabwe must take responsibility for her health issues, not South Africa.

Her comments come at a time of heightened tension towards foreigners in South Africa, and she has been accused of blaming foreign nations for the country’s ailing healthcare system.

Credit: BBC

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