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gunNews24 reports that nursing unions have called on the Eastern Cape Department of Health to ensure proper safety measures for staff after another robbery, at a rural clinic in Ngqeleni, near Mthatha.

A security guard was shot and killed during a robbery at Maqanyeni Clinic on Friday night. Dakhile Ngobe from Tyeks Security Services died in a hail of bullets when four suspects attacked him and his female colleague. Ngobe's colleague was not injured. Eastern Cape police spokesperson Captain Welile Matyolo said Ngobe was shot when four suspects demanded entry and, after he refused, a suspect opened fire killing him. The suspects took five computers from the clinic and have yet to be apprehended. Sivuyile Mange of the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) said nurses no longer felt safe in rural public healthcare facilities. "Safety and security is still a major concern in health facilities where nurses get assaulted, raped and mugged. It is because it's easy for criminals to enter health facilities and do as they wish. The security officers are only armed with batons and there's no armed response when there are such incidents," he said. United Nurses Trade Union of SA’s Linamandla Malindi said: "Companies contracted by the department need to equip their security guards with proper equipment to fight crime," adding that it was the responsibility of the department to protect its employees and assets. Eastern Cape Health MEC Nomakhosazana Meth condemned the incident and urged the police to work tirelessly to arrest the criminals. Mange reported they had escalated the issue of criminal incidents at public healthcare facilities to the bargaining chamber so that the employer could be held accountable in ensuring the safety of department of health employees in the Eastern Cape.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Sithandiwe Velaphi at News24

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