Cape Town – Nurses and security guards were reportedly robbed of their cellphones, money and car keys at the Sambandou clinic in Limpopo during the early hours of Monday morning.
Reports said that three armed men allegedly stormed the Vhembe district clinic and pointed firearms at the employees.
They apparently gained access to the premises through a back fence at about.
According to TimesLive, the suspects allegedly approached the guard room where they demanded the security guards’ pistols.
“They did not find any (pistols) and instead robbed them of their cellphones and proceeded to the clinic building where they robbed the nurses at gunpoint of their cellphones, money and the keys of a silver Grey Fortuner belonging to a nurse. They used the car to flee the scene,” the report quoted police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo as saying.
The nurse’s car was later abandoned at the Vyeboom area, reported IOL.
Provincial commissioner of police in Limpopo, Lieutenant-General Thembi Hadebe deployed a high-level team of investigators to probe the robbery, the report said.
“We call on community members with information that can assist in the investigation to come forward,” Lieutenant-General Hadebe was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba dispatched a team of psychologists to provide support to the victims, a report by Reviewonline said.
“These thugs are reducing the gains that we have put together as a department to have 24-hour service clinics. Our staff have dedicated themselves to saving the lives of others and as a society, we should be ashamed of these barbaric acts,” the report quoted Dr Ramathuba as saying
Anyone with information is urged to call investigating officer Sgt Thulani Baloyi on 072 228 2680 or crime stop number 0860010111 or the nearest Police Station or MySAPSApp.
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe