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handcuffsNews24 reports that an Eastern Cape health worker was arrested at Frontier Hospital in Komani on Saturday for allegedly stealing personal protective equipment (PPE).  

Provincial health department spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said the worker was caught by security guards trying to leave with eight boxes filled with the life-saving equipment.  The suspect was one of hundreds of people the provincial government had roped in to help fight the spread of Covid-19.  "However, instead of helping the department and, by extension, every Eastern Cape resident, the worker was caught stealing the life-saving PPE. The vigilant security guards searched the worker and found the box full of PPE as he was about to leave the hospital," Kupelo reported.  He said the worker was detained by security officers before police were called to arrest him. Eastern Cape Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba called on the criminal justice system to make an example of the arrested man.  “By stealing the PPE, the worker was leaving frontline workers like doctors and doctors defenceless against this vicious virus that has already killed 8 662 people in the Eastern Cape," Gomba stated.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Malibongwe Dayimani at News24

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