Clinic worker killed

2017-05-11 06:02
Workes protested over safety, at KTC Day Hospital, Gugulethu, on Monday. Inset: Andile Magama (52) was stabbed to death.PHOTOS: Mbongiseni maseko

Workes protested over safety, at KTC Day Hospital, Gugulethu, on Monday. Inset: Andile Magama (52) was stabbed to death.PHOTOS: Mbongiseni maseko

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Nursing came to a standstill at the KTC Hospital on Monday as staff members embarked on a wildcat protest action after a colleague was stabbed to death on Sunday evening.

Andile Magama, 52, a porter, was fatally stabbed on Sunday by an unknown number of suspects as he was waiting for a taxi ride home, a few metres away from the gates of the hospital.

Bleeding from his wounds, he managed to walk back to the inside of the hospital before collapsing on the floor.

During the protest, patients turned back as workers wanted to send the strong message, saying that they were concerned about their safety.

Mxolisi Ntshinga, an administration clerk at the hospital, who spoke in his personal capacity, and as resident of Gugulethu, said the issue of safety in and outside the hospital has reached a critical stage.

“We are not fighting with the management of the hospital, but we want the community to get involved in ensuring the safety of (health)workers and patients in and around here. This is uncalled for. The community is going to suffer if they do not show that they care about our safety.

A security guard was stabbed to death at the gate last year. An inspector was shot at inside a maternity ward last year. Patients get robbed in broad daylight. This thing has been going on for too long,” Ntshinga said.

Ntshinga said Magama’s death came three days after the services of a vehicle contracted to transport hospital staff to and from their home were stopped.

Magama has worked at the clinic for more than 30 years.

Khayalethu Ngamlana, 48, one of the patients who were turned away, said he supported the workers for protesting.

“I blame the perpetrators of crime, because they are the reason there is this protest. I support the nurses for protesting about their safety, because it is important.

They are angry now and everyone, including us patients, is concerned about the issue of safety here.

The community of Gugulethu must stand-up and fight the robberies at the hospital. Something must be done,” Ngamlana said.

Ngamlana was at the hospital after he fell and “broke my ribs”.

Nyami Ntshinga, a resident, said her daughter, Thumeka Ntshinga, was robbed of her cell phone while walking from the hospital, last year.

Raymond Tsewu, cousin for the deceased, said his death came as a shock.

“We are very worried about his death. He was a bread winner.

He worked there since we were young and he was well known there.

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