End-of-year partygoers create havoc at KwaDukuza clinic

2016-12-21 06:02
KZN Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo Photo: the witness

KZN Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo Photo: the witness

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TWO healthcare workers were assaulted and property was damaged when a fight ensued between a group of rowdy people who were celebrating their year-end function at a clinic in KwaDukuza, the KZN health department said on Friday.

KZN Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo, said staff at KwaDukuza Clinic were attacked by people who were accompanying a patient to the clinic.

The group of people, who were possibly under the influence of alcohol, had allegedly brought an injured colleague to the clinic when they allegedly had an argument with staff at the clinic.

It is believed that the group had been attending a Christmas year-end function where alcohol was consumed, said Dhlomo.

He said the argument escalated and the group, as well as more revellers, began attacking staff at the clinic.

Fortunately, said Dhlomo, security officers who were passing by stopped and tried to defuse the situation and the police were called to the scene.

He said two health workers sustained injuries and the clinic’s main gate was damaged and ripped off from the rails by the attackers. The damaged gate is currently being repaired, he said.

Three suspects who were seen to have led the attack were arrested and appeared in the KwaDukuza Magistrate’s Court on Monday. They were remanded in custody and will appear again on 28 December.

“Several charges are being formulated against the three including assault; intimidation as well as malicious damage to property‚” the KZN health department said in a statement.

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