Cancer patient alleges hospital rape

2011-10-25 07:54

Bloemfontein - Authorities are investigating allegations that a 50-year-old terminally ill cancer patient was raped by a nurse in the National Hospital in Bloemfontein.

The woman said that during the rape in the oncology unit her mouth was gagged and her arms were held to her sides by a nurse.

The husband of the dying woman, who is in great pain, said the rape is “still a bitter pill to swallow”.

After the rape a week ago, his wife was transferred to a private hospital. She is gravely ill.


The woman became paralysed in the lower body after a growth was removed from her spine in July 2010. She is too weak for chemotherapy and receives morphine for the pain she suffers. Her husband said hospital staff blamed the morphine for his wife’s hallucinations.

She has, however, told police who her alleged rapist and his accomplice are, and DNA tests are being done. She was allegedly raped on the night of October 15.

Her husband said that when he made his routine visit on Sunday he could hear something was wrong.

“She initially told me she was okay, but I could see something bothered her,” he said.

Shortly after his visit she told a doctor and then her husband of the rape. He said neither the doctor nor senior nursing staff took her complaint seriously, and he had to lay a charge of rape.

Free State Health Department spokesperson Jabu Mbalula said he viewed the charge in a very serious light and the implicated staff members were told to stay at home “for their own safety”, pending the outcome of the tests.

  • Lyndatjie - 2011-10-25 08:03

    THIS IS SICK! What type of person who is charged with the care of the sick does something like this? May he get in return EXACTLY what he gives... DEHUMANISED SUFFERING!

      Ann - 2011-10-25 08:17

      This is indeed a very sad state of affairs. Things such as this which are happening to people who are unable to defend themselves is just despicable. I send love and light to this lady and pray that justice is done.

  • Kevin - 2011-10-25 08:15

    The perpetrators must get life plus 30 minutes with a couple of the Bloem boys who are very good at changing a thugs mind manually

      Sueltz.T - 2012-02-07 09:18

      i absolutly agree wth u bloem boys!!!!!

  • Brent - 2011-10-25 08:16

    lets wait and see...but the police should have been called in earlier to investigate..

  • Ian - 2011-10-25 08:18

    public hospital hell hole

  • Jou - 2011-10-25 08:21

    Same rapist will be marching on Thursday for free land!

  • Sharon - 2011-10-25 08:31

    Can only be in a State Hospital (sick deprived monsters)may they burn in hell for all eternity. I can only Pray for Peace and Comfort for the Lady and her Family.

  • Belinda - 2011-10-25 08:45

    This is so sick!!! And the worst part is, it's no longer uncommon. You aren't safe anywhere anymore!

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2011-10-25 08:49

    I think we all need to wait and see what the tests results is. If it is true it is horrible, but until then lets not do this site's favorite hobby and jump to conclusions.

  • Claire - 2011-10-25 08:56

    How much morphine are you giving someone if they can hallucinate a rape and still go through the emotions of being raped??? Surely if they are on that much morphine they will pass out. My personal experience of being around someone on morphine is that the hallucinations change and are soon forgotten about. Sounds like the excuses of a guilty person.

      Claire - 2011-10-25 09:11

      Just to clarify in case people don't understand I am saying that the rapist is the guilty person and morphine is the excuse.

      Claire - 2011-10-26 08:05

      Why are people giving my comment a thumbs down..... does this mean you don't agree and you all believe the excuse the doctors are giving? I am standing up for the victim trying to disprove the excuse of Morphine being the cause of hallucinations! My grandmother is currently suffering from terminal cancer and is on morphine. My views are the same as Nicholas comment below this one. How sad is it that I have to actually explain that I am standing up for the victim!!!! Whoever did this to her is a disgusting Human being! I hope the DNA results put him in jail.

  • africanwolf - 2011-10-25 08:59

    Sick man

  • Trevor - 2011-10-25 09:01

    How sad, if this is true we are in a lot of trouble

  • Sue - 2011-10-25 09:05

    How absoulutely sick. He and his accomplices should be srung up, obviousely he does NOT care for the patients entrysted by him and should NEVER again be given a position where the vunerable, children ect. are supposed to be in a place of safety

  • Nicholas - 2011-10-25 09:34

    We all know in our hearts that this sort of thing happens regularly in SA, and the truth will come out in the DNA unless it is tampered with. Nobody would concoct a story like this when in pain and suffering. AND she named the culprits responsible. Once the results prove the truth the doctor and senior nursing staff who brushed off her complaint for expediency's sake should also be prosecuted for complicity. What disgusting animal mind can do this sort of thing----We will soon know but watch out for evidence tampering and cover ups! Sick man sick!!

  • Jason - 2011-10-25 09:44

    Put them in Prison, in a few weeks they'll know the feeling, sick idiots!!

  • Nico - 2011-10-25 09:51


  • Silvana - 2011-10-25 10:19

    Pity cancer isn't contagious

      Marion - 2011-10-25 13:46

      Actually don't be too sure about that. I saw something a week or so ago that indicated that they believe some cancers may be viral. Copied from the website: "Viruses linked to cancers in humans are the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), associated with lymphomas and nasopharyngeal cancer, hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV), both associated with cancer of the liver, human papillomaviruses (HPV), associated with cancer of the cervix, human T lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) and type 2 (HTLV-2), associated with adult T-cell leukemia and with hairy-cell leukemia, respectively, and human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8), associated with Kaposi sarcoma. No vaccine exists against these viruses except HBV." So the risk is always there that one can catch the virus and, with a sufficiently weak immune system, get cancer as a result. Slim chance, but definitely possible.

      Ingrid - 2011-10-28 08:26

      Hi Silvana. I can relate to the Epstein-Barr Virus. (You do know that is the medical term for yuppie flue?). I was diagnosed with it about 15 years ago.When ever it becomes bad, then my lymphatic glands swell and are extremely painful. My dad died as a result of this.

  • blstack - 2011-10-25 10:24

    Almost the same happened to my gran in Jhb Gen hosp. She had an op to remove her cancerous voicebox, the nurse thought she was asleep and started touching her, she tried to fight him off but held her down. No one believed her. Worse, she couldnt even scream..

  • Alison - 2011-10-25 10:35

    @Andrew & @Right - why should news 24 wait to publish story - no names were mentioned???

  • Marrok - 2011-10-25 11:43

    this is not OK. Justice needs to be done. accurately, swiftly, and for once, without playing games / BS.

  • Janette - 2011-10-25 13:37

    name and shame them

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  • Shannon - 2011-10-27 13:45

    "Jabu Mbalula said he viewed the charge in a very serious light and the implicated staff members were told to stay at home “for their own safety”, pending the outcome of the tests" are you serious? For their own safety??? They are not the victims here? The terminally ill woman who was raped is. Get your priorities right Jabu Mbalula!

  • Sueltz.T - 2012-02-07 09:17

    this is a disgusting story!!! to think this sort of thing is happening in our hospitals is shocking....and to a woman that is dying!!!! and to even immagine that another woman helped the rapist! ure no womans arse!!!! yre a disgrace to woman kind!!! sis on u!!!!

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