Bara security guard stabbed to death by colleague

2014-10-04 15:10

The police are investigating a fatal stabbing at Joburg’s Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital – which happened just hours after staff there staged a protest about safety.

The Gauteng health department said a security guard employed by the hospital stabbed a colleague to death in the guardroom, which stands at the hospital’s main entrance.

It’s not clear yet what triggered the bloody fight yesterday, department spokesperson Prince Hamnca said. The victim has not yet been named.

Hours earlier, members of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) handed over a memorandum of grievances to the office of Bara’s chief executive officer.

Among other issues, they were concerned about security at Africa’s largest hospital.

Sizwe Pamla, Nehawu’s spokesperson, said: “It’s unfortunate that this incident happened and a life was lost but it highlights the same issues we were raising in our protest action.”

“In our memorandum we were complaining about the ill-trained, poorly paid [security guards] that are not even vetted before being employed to work at the hospital. And now this happens, affirming what we have long been complaining about,” Pamla said.

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