Cops mistake patient for journalist

2013-06-13 22:28
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Johannesburg - The Pretoria hospital where former president Nelson Mandela is receiving treatment, will investigate reports that police harassed a cardiology patient, a spokesperson said on Thursday.

"Medi-Clinic is investigating the matter in question with the SA Police Service [SAPS], and while we are respectful of their important duty in this regard, we have to emphasise that all our patients are our priority," Lee-Ann Bell said in a statement.

"To this end, we have systems in place at Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital that have been successful in ensuring that neither our patients nor their visitors, are unnecessarily inconvenienced while maintaining the necessary levels of security."

Eyewitness News reported that Maxwell Mkhonto was mistaken for a journalist at the hospital on Wednesday.

He said he was manhandled, searched and that his cellphone was seized and photographs were deleted.

"I was not one of the journalists," Mkhonto told the radio station.

He said he had rescheduled his next appointment hoping the situation at the hospital would have returned to normal by then.

Mkhonto has reportedly not laid any charges against the police.

National police spokesperson Phuti Setati said he was unaware of the incident and could, therefore, not comment.

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