Nurse suspended after rape

2007-12-11 00:00

THE Townhill Hospital rape exposé published in yesterday’s Witness has led to the suspension of two employees at the hospital.

KwaZulu-Natal Health Department spokesman Leon Mbangwa confirmed that the male nurse who allegedly raped a patient at the hospital and a human resources manager have been suspended from work. “The department has effectively suspended the nurse who allegedly raped a patient while she was being treated at Townhill Hospital.”

Mbangwa said the department was reacting to the Witness report about the allegations. “This action followed reports from the media about a patient who alleges that she was raped a day before she was to be discharged. When the matter was brought to the attention of the department, the allegations were investigated, and it was discovered that the case was reported to the human resources manager, who did not take any action against the alleged perpetrator.

This has resulted in the department suspending the human resources manager for his contribution in the cover-up of this callous act.”

The woman, who is pregnant after the alleged rape, claimed that the nurse assaulted her and denied her the right to abort the unborn baby. “The victim is currently receiving counselling through a departmental psychologist. The department is confident that the police will pursue criminal charges against the alleged perpetrator and he shall be given a sentence befitting his cold-blooded actions.”

Mbangwa said the two officials will also be subject to internal disciplinary hearings.

He assured the public that “such cruel acts against the vulnerable will not be tolerated … Any staff member who is found to be abusing patients under our care will face the might of the law. We encourage users of our facilities to report such acts immediately so that the perpetrators get what they deserve without delay.”

sandilez@witness.co.za

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