KZN nurse arrested for raping patient

2011-12-29 10:05
Durban - The male nurse who allegedly raped a mentally ill patient at the Osindisweni hospital in Verulam, north of Durban has been arrested, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Thursday.

"The suspect was arrested at his house in the Osindisweni area on Wednesday," Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge said.

The 30-year-old man allegedly raped a mentally ill patient in the shower at the hospital on Sunday night. He pushed the patient against the sink and ordered her to be quiet before raping her. He reportedly ran away from the hospital after being questioned by police.

Provincial health department spokesperson Chris Maxon welcomed the arrest.

"The MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo said on Wednesday the man should consider himself fired. We have already sent him a suspension letter."

He is facing rape charges and would appear in the Verulam Magistrate's Court on Friday.

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