Armed robbery at Mpumuza Clinic

2019-08-21 06:02
PHOTO: lethiwe makhanyaMpumuza Clinic, where the armed robbery happened.

PHOTO: lethiwe makhanyaMpumuza Clinic, where the armed robbery happened.

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A FEMALE security guard from KwaMpumuza Clinic says she is still traumatised following an armed robbery that took place at the clinic in the early hours of Sunday.

It is alleged that two unknown men burst into the clinic and held two security guards at gunpoint. The female security guard was forced into the operation manager’s office, where the assailants demanded the keys to two Toyota Hilux 4x4s, which are ordinarily used by the clinic’s community outreach teams. The cars were later recovered, one vehicle was found near Sinamuva Primary School, while the other was recovered near the Lay Centre Hall.

Pietermaritzburg Police Spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese confirmed that the cars were indeed recovered. He said the assailants fled on foot when they saw the police.

“No one has been arrested but there is evidence that was left on scene that will help us find the suspects,” he said.

A security guard who was on duty that night, who did not want to be named in fear of victimisation, told Echo that she feared for her life during the whole ordeal.

She said before the whole incident took place she and other male colleague noticed a white car without a number plate driving around the clinic.

She said at first they did not think that it was something serious.

“The car parked next to the clinic and one of the guys in the car was speaking into a cellphone. We thought that maybe they are lost and they are trying to call someone in the area. Eventually the car drove off,” she said.

She said after a few minutes the car came back and went into the corner of the clinic. It then drove back towards the guard house with its brights turned on.

“We quickly went out to check what was happening. As we exited the guard house the two men were already inside the clinic. They told us that they are not there to hurt us but they want the car keys for the two vehicles. We told them that we do not know where the car keys are being kept [because] we are only responsible for the outside of the clinic.

“They insisted that they want the car keys. One guy said I must be taken inside to open the operational manager’s office so that they can get the keys.”

She said during this whole ordeal the assailant kept on telling her that she must not look at him until they got to the office where he (the assailant) instructed her to lie down.

“He kept on asking me about the car keys and I told him that I do not know. He went outside to another room and came back with a sponge mattress. He told me to lie down on my back on the mattress and I complied.

“He took off my jacket and used it to cover my face. He then took off my trousers and my underwear. He opened my legs and my private parts. I begged him not to hurt me and he told me that he is not a rapist, but if I want to get raped he would call someone to rape me. He then put back my clothes and made a phone call asking where the keys were.

“After the phone call he went straight to them and took them. Everything happened so fast, it was like a nightmare.

“Before he left with the keys he instructed me to lie down and not to scream because he would kill me if I did. After hearing the car driving off I went up towards the door but it was locked and I had to use the emergency exit,” she said.

She said when she got outside the main building of the clinic she proceeded to the guard house where she found her colleague and other community members. She said the community members said they came to see what was happening since they noticed the government cars driving out at night. She said they called the police who then conducted a road block and the cars were recovered.

KZN Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu has condemned the incident. She said they are appalled and disappointed by this incident.

“Even though the guards were not greatly harmed physically, they have suffered the immeasurable trauma of having their lives threatened.

“We wish to reiterate the call that community leaders and ordinary people in our communities must take a stand, and refuse to allow such incidents to occur. An attack on people looking after a health facility, as well as the theft of state property housed in it, is an attack against the state and community itself. “Therefore, it is up to all of us to stay vigilant and ensure that we eliminate the space for criminals to operate. We need to ensure that perpetrators of such crimes are exposed and subjected to the full might of the law,” she said.


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