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Hostage drama unfolding at Durban hospital

2012-04-27 09:54

Durban - A large police contingent has been deployed to Westville Hospital in Durban after unconfirmed reports of a hostage situation.

There are conflicting reports about the number of hostages, with Durban's East Coast Radio News Watch tweeting that three women were being held.

A Sapa reporter on scene said police snipers were positioning themselves at points surrounding the hospital kitchen, where a man was holding two women hostage.

Officials on the scene, who did not want to be named, said it was believed that one of the hostages was injured.

The man was believed to be a former patient who allegedly fired several shots at a doctor earlier.

The doctor fled the scene.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge was unable to confirm the reports. He said he would provide accurate information once he had it.

ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Comments
  • Janice - 2012-04-27 10:11

    Jeez, he must have escaped from the mental institution...

  • acsteyn - 2012-04-27 10:11

    I very pissed off patient. Must be the food, again. Those cabbage rolls drive you crazy.

  • Ricky Naidoo - 2012-04-27 10:18

    Somebody decided not to take Freedom Day off.

      stuart.steedman - 2012-04-27 10:25

      It's awful, but I laughed.

  • Delaine - 2012-04-27 10:30

    My prayers are with those that are involved. May God seeing u all through this difficult time.

  • Jane - 2012-04-27 10:36

    So sad what those staff members must be going threw and all they went to do today was a damn job. Can u ever. They must get this mad man, and threw him in jail and lock away the key,

  • Sechaba - 2012-04-27 10:38

    With all the mistakes doctors do where one goes for a heart surgery and when a patient wakes up his legs have been amputated. I do not blame those who are angry.

  • Samantha - 2012-04-27 10:47

    This is really worring we not safe anywhere anymore. This man must really have a big issue with the hospital.I hope all goes well an no one is really hurt, he must be stopped before it gets out of hand my preys are will u all

  • mluleki.simelane - 2012-04-27 11:03

    I got friends working there, they said it was bad

  • Mahomed - 2012-04-27 11:13

    ders millions of people living in S.A..and non of us can stop 1 man!!!!!!

  • Shane - 2012-04-27 11:15

    Believe it or not but from my point of view , what has the doctor done to this man to do such a crime , it takes a lot for a man to pull out a weapon and to be honest must have done something terrible for this man to shoot at the doctor numerous times , I really don't think his aim was to hurt anyone else , but that's just how I understand the article ,but then again he has done a crime and he is still in the wrong , but we should also look at the doctor , what has he done to make this man upset , and its very poor that the police service don't even know what's actually happening as they got the place surrounded

  • Shane - 2012-04-27 11:15

    Believe it or not but from my point of view , what has the doctor done to this man to do such a crime , it takes a lot for a man to pull out a weapon and to be honest must have done something terrible for this man to shoot at the doctor numerous times , I really don't think his aim was to hurt anyone else , but that's just how I understand the article ,but then again he has done a crime and he is still in the wrong , but we should also look at the doctor , what has he done to make this man upset , and its very poor that the police service don't even know what's actually happening as they got the place surrounded

      Andrea - 2012-05-01 15:12

      Are you a doctor working in a state hospital? If not, then I'd suggest you keep your comments to yourself. Funny how the doctors are always first in the judgement line when things like this happen. Have you ever stopped to consider that there are also nurses and orderlies working in a hospital, and that the conditions in state hospitals are far from ideal? How about you go and get the full state hospital experience before you start pointing fingers at the doctor!

  • carol.gounder - 2012-04-27 11:49

    It is indeed a very sad situation 2 c dis hap...I work at da hosp n am off 2day due 2 da holiday...this is reality people and let's stop wid da sarcastic remarks and pray and hope for da best for all involved

      Nerina - 2012-04-27 18:43

      I agree 100 percent with carol this could be people or family members so guys stop the sarcastic coments

  • En - 2012-04-27 12:14

    "police snipers were positioning themselves at points surrounding the hospital kitchen"..... South African Police Special Task Force. Probably one of the most elite police units in the world. In over 20 years, they have never lost a hostage. Lets see how this one plays out.

      mluleki.simelane - 2012-04-27 12:45

      Well their record is intact

  • mluleki.simelane - 2012-04-27 12:35

    It's over they just shot him

      Thandeka - 2012-04-28 10:32

      I think da hospital management should sit and relook at their polices and c wat went wrng where coz there is sumthing wrng sumwhere..If patients wait until they get to a stage where they think only violence cn solve their problems..This very sad and i hope it does nt happen again

  • Andrea - 2012-05-01 15:16

    Such a horrible story. It makes me angry though, that a couple of comments here have been directed at the doctor. As an intern working in a state hospital, I'd suggest people experience what its like to be a patient in a state hospital before pointing fingers at the doctor!

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