Alleged rape of a nurse: KZN Health MEC Ms Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu condemns incident at Nkonjeni Hospital, demands answers from security and hospital management for failure to apprehend rape suspect

04 November 2019

KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Ms Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu is outraged and demanding answers from both management of Nkonjeni Hospital in Mahlabathini and the hospital’s contracted security company for their failure to apprehend a suspect who allegedly raped a nurse in an internal clinic's consulting room yesterday.

It is alleged that the unknown suspect entered the hospital yesterday, around 5pm, under the pretext of seeking medical attention.

He proceeded to a consulting room, where he allegedly overpowered the nurse and raped her.

It is unclear how the alleged rapist was able to leave the hospital premises undetected. By the time police got to the scene, the suspect could not be located.

The nurse has subsequently received emergency medical attention, and arrangements have been made for her to be seen by a psychologist. She is said to be "coping" under the circumstances.

Reacting to the incident today, MEC Simelane-Zulu said: "I am extremely outraged, and completely shocked and concerned that a nurse who left her home to provide care and hope to the sick could end up being sexually violated in the workplace in such a horrendous way. The act itself is grossly disgraceful and inhumane. It is also completely unacceptable and extremely concerning that the alleged perpetrator was able to get away without being apprehended. "It raises serious questions about security arrangements at this hospital. If we are going to be paying for security and this happens, it means we are not paying for a service. Our responsibility is to take care of our nurses and everyone who works in the Department. "I have now demanded a full report from management of the district concerned, as well as from our security unit at Head Office on how such a thing happened. It just cannot be allowed, and sends the wrong message in terms of the safety of our own staff and patients themselves, which is paramount to us. "Therefore, I want know what is going to be done to prevent a recurrence of such an incident, so that our staff can rest assured that they are safe." The MEC has wished the affected nurse a speedy recovery, and has directed that she be given all the clinical and psychological support that she needs. "It really is the least we can do," she said. ENDS Issued by the KZN Department of Health

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