Patient stabs nurse in Limpopo hospital
Polokwane - A patient has stabbed a female nurse attending to him in the Letaba Hospital in Tzaneen, Limpopo police said on Thursday.
The nurse came across the 38-year-old man threatening another patient on Wednesday night.
When she tried to intervene, he threw a plate at her, said Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto.
"She ran away and hid in an office. He followed and found a pair of scissors... It is alleged that he stabbed her several times in the upper body," Otto said.
Security guards overpowered the man and arrested him.
Limpopo health spokesperson Joe Maila said the nurse was responding well to treatment, and would be discharged soon.
The hospital was not aware of the attacker's mental state when he was admitted to hospital.
"We are not saying he is a crazy person, just that after we assessed the situation we realised he is not mentally stable," Maila said.
"If we had known we could have done things differently."
Maila said the patient was moved to another hospital for psychiatric observation.
He will appear in the Tzaneen Magistrates' Court on Friday on a charge of attempted murder.