Nurses are living in fear after a series of security breaches in hospitals and clinics in Mpumalanga.
Mzandile Shongwe, the spokesperson for nursing union Denosa, confirmed that on Monday night men broke into Siyabuswa clinic and took the nurses’ handbags.
“The only security guard with a gun had to run for cover,” said Shongwe.
The police also confirmed the incident.
Shongwe added that on Saturday there were other incidents at Matsulu clinic, in Nelspruit and Malelane, where nurses were harassed by thugs who wanted to be treated before other patients.
Two weeks ago, two men who were embroiled in a scuffled in a tarven were taken to hospital for treatment and a shootout erupted again amongst them, however no one was hurt.
Now, nurses fear going to work because of the robberies.
Sibongiseni Delihlazo, another spokesperson for Denosa, said nurses required CCTV cameras, metal detectors, and better security gates in hospitals in order to feel safer.
Dumisani Malamule, the MEC for security and safety said the provincial police commissioner had visited the Witbank hospital last week to assess the situation.
They agreed to place steel gates at the hospital’s entrance because the boom gates did not restrict pedestrian access.
“We have met with unions. We have beefed up security,” said Malamule.
Malamule added that they were also working on a better security strategy because some security guards had firearms, but they would be attacked, and the firearms would be stolen.