Guard attacks ill ‘trespasser’

2014-08-26 00:00

A SECURITY guard has been accused of chasing down a hospital patient and beating him with a panga after blinding him with pepper spray.

The alleged attack happened at a construction site behind Daymed Private Hospital, where the hospital is being extended, early last Wednesday morning.

Nkosinamandla Phetha, who was hospitalised there with a chest infection, was allegedly attacked by a security guard manning the construction site.

Several Daymed officials distanced the hospital from the attack, saying it had happened on private land not under its control.

Phetha said he had gone outside to the back of the hospital to get fresh air to clear his chest when he was confronted by a guard not wearing a uniform or carrying any identification.

“He asked me who I was and what I was doing there, and I told him and showed him my drip. He did not believe me and said we should both go to the reception to verify that …” he said.

Phetha said out of the blue, the guard assaulted him. “He put pepper spray in my eyes and blinded me. He then started assaulting me with a panga wrapped in a paper and landed many blows. I fled inside the hospital [to the] first floor as I vaguely knew the way.

“I fell inside the hospital and he continued to assault me. Even when a nurse told him I was a patient there, he landed three more blows.

“I still do not know why he attacked me. We were talking just fine, there were no rude words exchanged, and he just launched the attack.”

Phetha said he was also he was treated shabbily by staff. “They would not call the police, they did not check whether my eyes are fine after the pepper spray, they did not stitch the wound at the back of my head and they did not attend to me at all.”

Police spokesperson captain Thulani Zwane said a 50-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the attack.


Daymed Hospital matron Moira Nell said the incident had nothing to do with the hospital. “Unfortunately, Mr Phetha had trespassed into the property next door and had an altercation with a security guard there.”

She confirmed that a security guard had chased Phetha inside the hospital.

“This incident happened around 5 or 6 in the morning and I come on duty around 7 … When I arrived, I called the police as it was my duty.”

She said it was not true that the staff had not attended to Phetha.


Tony Singh, of Builders and General construction, the security guard’s employers, said according to the information they received, Phetha had trespassed into their construction area and was challenged by a guard. When the guard demanded that they verify Phetha’s identity, “he gave the security guard attitude”.

He said following the disagreement, a confrontation ensued and the security guard pepper sprayed and assaulted Phetha.

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