Man arrested for doctor's murder

2011-06-09 07:54
Johannesburg - The patient accused of fatally stabbing a doctor at the Middelburg hospital was arrested late on Wednesday night, Mpumalanga police said.

"We arrested him at his hide-out in the Mhluzi township near Middelburg," said Lieutenant-Colonel Leonard Hlathi.

"He was convicted of stabbing a nurse at the same hospital in 2006 and was on parole when Tuesday's incident happened," he said.

The nurse survived and the man was sentenced to six years in prison.

"The suspect will appear in the Middelburg Magistrate's Court soon on a murder and attempted murder charge," said Hlathi.

Dr Senzosenkosi Mkhize, 32, was stabbed in the chest while working in the hospital's out-patient department where the patient went for a follow-up consultation.

He died the same day in a private hospital.

A security guard who tried to intervene was stabbed in the wrist.

The patient fled.

The incident has been widely condemned. Unions have blamed it on a lack of security in hospitals.

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