'Drunk' nurse shouted at patients

2012-08-07 08:39

Cape Town - A Cape Town man has told of his shock at encountering an apparently drunk nurse at a Khayelitsha hospital when he took his ill mother there for treatment.

Mabhelandile Mankayi told the Cape Argus that he took his mother to the Khayelitsha Community Health Centre after she became ill with chest and abdominal pains.

He said he watched “in awe and with disbelief” as a night-shift nurse started shouting at him and his mother and other patients who tried to intervene. When Mankayi approached the nurse, he noticed that she was reeking of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes.

“She became so angry so suddenly, it felt unreal… I kept asking myself what must have got her in this foul mood. As I took a closer look, I realised she was drunk.”

A provincial health spokesperson said it was not the first time a nurse had reportedly been drunk at the hospital and said two staff members had been dismissed over the past three years.

Mankayi laid a complaint against the nurse and the health department said it would be investigated.  

Mankayi’s mother was later transferred to Tygerberg Hospital where she was being treated for kidney failure.

  • Greg - 2012-08-07 08:47

    Scary to think, people's lives are in her hands...hopefully the Health Department does a good job of their investigation and she is dismissed!!

      frank.vankaapstad - 2012-08-07 08:58

      I find it hard to understand how someone that has already seen two people dismissed for being drunk at work does the same and puts herself at risk of being dismissed and thus unemployed. How employable is a nurse that has been fired for being drunk at work?? It's crazy, and it just becomes another person on benefits.

      boffin.bobreturns - 2012-08-07 09:18

      Some have the attitude that they are " untouchable " and are able to do as they please. Unless the powers that be performed a breathalyser test on her @ the time, it will be difficult to prove that she was under the influence. Nope this is another idiot that will continue to prowl the corridors of our hospitals for a long time to come.

      Greg - 2012-08-07 09:18

      frank, unfortunately people like her aren't able to fathom the consequences of their actions, they don't realize that consequences are a general result of any action ...but then again, she probably sees everyday how the ANC officials in Government do as they please without consequence and thought she could do the same...

      wt.echoridgetimes - 2012-08-07 11:13

      Bottoms up!

      tsepo.mdlalose - 2013-03-01 07:58

      Welcome to Africa! When I was in hospital a while ago I woke up to a nurse trying to give me an insulin shot.. I'm not a diabetic :( eish

  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-08-07 08:50

    Nursing is no longer a profession, a passion that it used to be. Now they are only in it for the money and don't give a sh@t. To those that do look upon their jobs as nurses with compassion and care, you are angels.

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-08-07 08:50

    A disgrace

  • fanie.viljoen.73 - 2012-08-07 08:51

    Do not, I repeat, do not interfere with someones drinking time, at all. only in Africa.

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-08-07 08:59


      jean.mboule - 2012-08-07 09:06

      and what does this has to do with the ANC?

      Blackmista White Whitemista Black - 2012-08-07 09:22

      can't be cured of stupity!!

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-07 09:24

      Really stupid, so i guess health in the WC is ran by the ANC hey chap? like the police? so what really is the DA running in the WC seeing that they are the ruling party here?

      Blackmista White Whitemista Black - 2012-08-07 09:34

      @Jean, the comments are for vmeiring1, if you read what i said you would know not associate with what you said..with my comments actually.. we where on the same route for a second...but that chip on the shoulder..don't let get you defensive..all the best

  • paharms - 2012-08-07 09:06

    Surely the 'featured image' in this report is not a photograph of a SA government hospital? Do ANY of them look like that? Lets be real!!!

  • avuyile.ramncwana.5 - 2012-08-07 09:12

    Not excusing wat she did,but I can only imagine the amount of emotional stress nurses are under from what they have to deal with on a daily basis eg burnt kids,deaths,stabbings etc.So its likely sum wud develop a drinking problem to help deal with things.I hope she gets the help she needs.

      bryan.torien - 2013-03-01 08:07

      You may yet have a point Avuyile, however it has been my experience that the ones who suffer stress because of what they see (e.g. burned kids, stabbings etc.) are the ones who wouldn't compromise their ability by being inebriated to do their job.

  • sesom - 2012-08-07 09:21

    Nothing wrong....Even a ANC bigshot Drunk on plane...Fire these Idiots..

      Blackmista White Whitemista Black - 2012-08-07 09:39

      BIG drunk you refer to is COPE!! nothing political about being drunk as a nurse at work..grow up Sesom and get your facts right. Private or Public sector workers all get drunk..that's nothing to do with politics or race..or country..Can people just make decent contributions please!!

  • sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-07 09:21

    But the hospital hasnt even been running for three years!!! In fact it was opened late last year.....

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-07 09:29

    God allmighty, whats next drunk pilots, drunk surgeons? WTF is happening to this counrty? Going straight to the dogs

      Blackmista White Whitemista Black - 2012-08-07 09:46

      Your future is very bleek!! Enjoy it with your fellow dogs and b*tchies..

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-08-07 10:57

      Blackmista.. A-hole.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-08-07 09:29

    I wonder how she is being rated on her periodic performance review? Yeh, right......!

  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-08-07 09:31

    Nursing should be classified as an essential service. They should not be allowed to strike and should meet strict performance standards monitored regularly by senior highly motivated and competent managers. In turn, those that meet and maintain these performance criteria, should be well paid for their efforts. We do not need drunken thugs abusing sick people.

  • cuthbert.murwisi - 2012-08-07 09:49

    Maybe the department of health should test employees for alcohol levels before every shift because millions will be lost in lawsuits and this could also save some lives lost due to negligence. Factories test their workers to safeguard their expensive machinery. The dept of health should know better that you can't put a price on a human life.

  • mosis.hanz - 2012-08-07 09:49

    To: Mankayi and his mother, I would hate for such a thing to happen to my mother and I and hope that the Idiot drunken fool of a nurse who dealt with you in such a bad manner can be dealt with swiftly. My thoughts go out to your mum and hope she gets better soon.

  • musa.hlatshwayo.31 - 2012-08-07 10:05

    For sure the two that were dissmissed refuse to open their legs as for these one she did this because she know his legs they work for her..until the goverment officials start thinking about the lives of our people and stop using female nurse for their plessure..

      Thapz Peteke - 2012-08-11 14:20

      dat is so disrespectful of u 2say,i happen 2b a nurse n we dont go around opening our legs,how dare u!u hev such a pea size mind is nt even funny!just bcoz yo narrowed mind revolve around sex does nt mean we r all horny bitches ready 2prostitute ourselves 2d likes of management!yes wat dt nurse did wrong n low n she does nt deserve 2a nurse bt still it does nt give u d right 2 say we open our legs 2b used!u r stupid n unfortunately,stupidity is incurable!idiot!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-07 10:41

    disgusting and now I now why nearly all of my measly pension goes towards pvt medical aid. God help us.

  • talana.basson - 2012-08-07 12:10

    remember dont drink and drive! nurse you are probably over your almost new 0.02% alcohol level

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-08-07 12:42

    Let's just be honey, public servant in all SA institutions just don't give a fock. I shudder to think of the planned NHI and the disastrous consequence that this will have.

      ashley.p.kuiler - 2012-08-07 15:43

      Its honest and not honey and please do not generalize. There are some public servants that give their all to the community they serve and yes there are a few rotten amongst them. Isn't it everywhere like that???

  • smahlaba - 2012-11-21 10:58

    These things happen even in private hospitals. You'd be surprised.

  • mthoko.xulu.96 - 2012-11-21 13:02

    the nurse should be fired and striked off the medical register.

  • dlokolo.lwando - 2012-11-21 19:51

    this is our south africa sistars nd brothers,we are leaded by such ppl and we are served by such ppl every were we go for our services.

  • rob.martin.94402343 - 2013-03-01 08:26

    This is not breaking news... its seven months old.

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