Cape Town – A male nurse is recovering after he was stabbed by two men in the Helen Joseph Hospital parking area in Johannesburg.
The nurse, who worked at the same hospital, was allegedly stabbed in the abdomen in the early hours of Sunday, said Gauteng health department spokesperson, Motalatale Modiba.
It was alleged that the suspects approached the nurse, who had gone outside for a break, and attempted to rob him before stabbing him, said the department’s statement.
Prior to the attack on the nurse, the two men were alleged to have been unruly at the hospital’s accident and emergency department where they demanded their friend be assisted first while medical staff were busy with other patients who had more severe injuries.
“The two men also argued with staff and other escorts who accompanied patients at the accident and emergency department.
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“One of them became violent and slapped a [person] accompanying a patient. Security personnel at the hospital intervened and the culprits fled the scene after their attempt to rob the health worker failed,” Modiba said.
Gauteng health and wellness MEC, Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko condemned the attack, adding that it was disgraceful that people who came to seek help for their friend could “turn around and harm those meant to help them”.
“We condemn this act of hooliganism and criminality and implore the police to track down the attackers as the incident was captured on CCTV cameras,” Nkomo-Ralehoko said.
Nkomo-Ralehoko said the injured nurse was in a stable condition at Helen Joseph hospital and wished him a speedy recovery.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe