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Hospital rape suspects suspended

2011-10-26 07:28

Bloemfontein - Two staff members at the National Hospital in Bloemfontein have been suspended, after a terminally ill woman was allegedly raped by a male nurse, Free State health MEC Fezi Ngubentombi said on Tuesday.

“The two staff members alleged to have committed the crime have been requested not to report for duty until the investigation has been concluded.”

Ngubentombi expressed shock at the alleged incident.

Free State police said they were investigating allegations that a cancer patient was raped by a male nurse at the hospital.

Spokesperson Captain Harry Nagel said the 50-year-old woman's husband told police the attack happened on October 15.

According to the TimesLive, management of the hospital did not report the incident to the police even though the patient informed the matron on duty just after it happened.

According to the woman, a female nurse held her down while a male nurse raped her.

"There are two suspects, but no one has been arrested yet. We are waiting for a decision from the director of public prosecutions," said Nagel.

A police spokesperson said the woman was too ill to attend an ID parade but would be shown photographs in an attempt to identify her attackers, the TimesLive reported.

The woman had been transferred to a private hospital in Bloemfontein and a case of rape opened.

Ngubentombi said if the allegations proved to be true those responsible should be severely punished.

“When sick people come to our institutions, they must be treated with care and compassion.”

Ngubentombi said she had received a preliminary report and ordered a thorough internal investigation.

The department had met with the family and made available the services of a social worker.

Ngubentombi said the police had already taken statements at the hospital as part of their investigation.

Comments
  • Youefoh - 2011-10-26 07:39

    Ya let me not say more about who these people are.

      Johan - 2011-10-26 08:08

      ...banana land, ...pawpaw government, ...shaiky justice system... ...only in Africa...

      Motjetjelekoane - 2011-10-26 08:10

      They are your people Youefoh!

      karen.glautier - 2011-10-26 10:36

      Seriously people??? Get a grip - people of all colours commit rape. Shame on you for making this about colour (actually, for making everything about colour) This is tragic and I hope the victim and her family are able to deal with this with the help of counsellors.

  • andrew.arde - 2011-10-26 07:43

    What the F^&*k is this world coming to?

      Jim - 2011-10-26 08:04

      No, WTF is SA coming to?

      Joanita - 2011-10-26 09:13

      This is the result of a justice system failing the people of South Africa!!! These sick bastards know that the consequences to their sickening actions are very servere! in actual fact, its cheaper to kill someone than to pay for your TV licence! TV licence is R300, bail on a murder case, R500, state appointed attorney, free education and boarding! AND lets not forget, the prisoners have rights! what a God damned JOKE!

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2011-10-26 07:45

    "According to the TimesLive, management of the hospital did not report the incident to the police even though the patient informed the matron on duty just after it happened." The matron should be sacked as well, sick bitch!

      Brian - 2011-10-26 08:02

      Not only sacked but also charged as an accomplice!!

  • ferreira.charmaine - 2011-10-26 07:47

    Sick, sick, sick. We entrust our lives to hospital staff and then this happens! Hope they are severely punished!

  • maremap - 2011-10-26 08:02

    Punish this morons with 25 years in jail.

  • JMan - 2011-10-26 08:04

    If some nurse (or whom ever) rapes my woman he will not be 'asked not to report to duty' but will be heading straight to the hospital's freezer.

  • Dave - 2011-10-26 08:13

    What a siff society we live in, I am embarrassed to say I am South African, babies,old people, dogs, goats and now terminally ill people, what next???????

  • Leon - 2011-10-26 08:14

    The matron should be charged as an accessory in the crime.

  • Andre - 2011-10-26 08:28

    No surprise. Why have these suspects not been arrested yet? Double standards? It is the most brutal crime i have heard of ever. Are these "caregivers" really human?

  • brenda.ferreira2 - 2011-10-26 08:33

    Hoekom het die verkragter nie sommer met die vrou wat so gewilliglik die arme pasient vasgehou mee sex gehad nie? Dan was hy nie nou in die moeilikheid nie MAAR ONS WEET MOS AL WAAROOR DIT GAAN!! Dis om 'n blanke dame te verneder en sommer net omdat hy voel hy kan ne, want hulle kom weg met die ligste straf, waar hierdie dame met haar huidige las van siekte nog deur so 'n helse krater getref word. Ek is innig, innig jammer vir jou seerkry Mev. mag God se Wonderhand op jou kop rus en mag Sy Genesende Krag oor al jou seertjies spoel.

  • reaazw - 2011-10-26 08:35

    just a question on this, If it is a case of rape, shouldnt the hospital now report it to the police. since when does alleged criminal behaviour get investigated internally? I work in the private sector and if we were to be accused of any criminal behaviour on company property, the police would be contacted....crap like this makes Emigration seem very tempting...

  • Thulisa - 2011-10-26 08:41

    I am more sickened about the female nurse that held the woman down to be raped by the male nurse, what was she thinking?? How does another woman do that?

  • Mike - 2011-10-26 08:54

    savages!!

  • Florence - 2011-10-26 09:05

    i dont believe this, im a nurse and i cant imagine this happening in the hospital especially if now it involves two nurses if it was said only the male nurse did it alone but to think the lady helped him,lets wait for investigations to be completed...was the patient mentally sound?just asking...

      Joanita - 2011-10-26 09:23

      She has cancer, not a mental disease.

  • Rijger - 2011-10-26 09:28

    Go to Volksblad's site and read about another cancer patient being refused treatment at this self same hospital. The patient who cannot use her legs, was also told that she will have to sleep in the corridors as there is no bed available. When her daughter arrived at 20:00 the evening, it was found that her mom was left without any food or fluids nor any help at all from 15:00 until 20:00. If this attitude towards patients is a symptom of what can be expected from State hospitals,how can we be expected to support this same institutions through the NHI?

  • richard.hipkin - 2011-10-26 11:24

    SA men just cannot keep it in their pants can they?

      Rijger - 2011-10-26 11:47

      Richard, please do not generalise. A lot of us has been brought up with morals and respect for woman. To say "South African men" is very unfair

      richard.hipkin - 2011-10-26 12:07

      You right, "some" SA men.."most" SA men..either one, you take your pick. Although, with the highest rape rate in the world I am gambling more on the generalization... sadly.

  • Kay - 2011-10-26 13:16

    You know whats scary? as a woman , most of us are afraid to set foot near a strange man just because we are aware of so much rape. This woman coudlnt get away, and now she must live with the fact that some creature and his accomplice violated her whole being, disgusting. Everyday im afraid me or my girlfriend get raped, and im only 20. Hope she recovers and gets justice

  • Rudzani - 2011-10-26 13:58

    it very disturbing but the reality of things is that the government of the day just pay for any allegation stipulated and tarnishing the government of the day investigation is beyond as if this was something happen and the culprit found red-handed would be the talk of the day ,how can one leave a cancer patient unmonitored to my perception one must really think first making those rape allegation as that really put the carreer of others at a treat,especially those who are thinking of working abroad it put them on the pressure to be employed ,the patient herself if asked fully and you might that someone want to make fast buck and easy destroying the reputation of the health department and its minister which is very bad and unaccepted on the society we are living in.the truth will prevail and someone has to answer ,not forgetting to send words of building the family moral on the incident which is what they need more now.cheers

  • Bokfan - 2011-10-26 14:21

    So This is why the anc dont want Jack Bloom paying surprise visits. he might catch them in the act of brutalising patients. This is seriously one of the worst crimes I have ever heard of. And the staff members were "requested" not to attend work. Is that a joke or a mistranslation.

      kolobe.efraim - 2011-10-26 18:23

      I blame the recent regime and poor health system under Black president everyone knows if you RAPE HIV patient/[person in SA you are go free coz you can just take a shower and be scot free,so worse if is cancer nothing will be done sis!sis! if realy this happened,but anyway who am I to judge corrupt SA government from all authorities,apartheid is 'gone' but rapist are in from HEAD TO TAIL

  • Hanlie - 2011-10-27 09:39

    25 years in jail is to easy they should go through the same ordeal there victims go through that will make them think ....... Let the basters hang. They deserve nothing less

  • Esther - 2011-10-27 15:33

    Do you want to bet on what the outcome of this case will be? 'Not enough evidence to link the two nurses to this incident....' and they will continue on their path and still collect their pay cheques at the end of every month

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