The mother of three told the Pretoria News that she was turned away along with other patients on Wednesday, with the hospital saying theatre rooms had non-functional air-conditioners.
Mabaso has arthritis and needs to have knee replacement surgery on both her knees, which have deteriorated over the years.
Hospital spokesperson Lovey Mogapi said the Hammanskraal area was officially serviced by Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital and not Steve Biko.
Mogapi said it was important that patients went to official referral routes as bypassing them increased waiting times and queues. This, Mogapi said, affected people that were officially to be serviced by that specific area.
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