The Robertson hospital in the Western Cape confiscated the passport of a 25-year-old Zimbabwean woman on May 19, after she went there to seek treatment.
Chiedza* said that on the first day she sought treatment she was handed her hospital file without any questions, GroundUp reports.
When she returned for a follow-up, she was asked to show her ID.
The receptionist then told her that because her passport visa had expired she wasn’t going to get her file. Instead the hospital would keep her passport for seven days while it contacted Home Affairs.