Durban hostage may be injured - official

2012-04-27 10:36

Durban - A large police contingent has been deployed to Westville Hospital in Durban after unconfirmed reports of a hostage situation.

A Sapa reporter on scene said police snipers had positioned themselves at points surrounding the hospital's kitchen, where a man was holding two women hostage.

Officials on the scene, who did not want to be named, said it was believed that one of the hostages was injured. Meanwhile, SABC radio news reported that there were three hostages.

The man was believed to be a former patient who allegedly fired several shots at a doctor earlier.

The doctor fled the scene.

A witness, who is a patient at the hospital, told Sapa he was lying in bed when the commotion began.

Media briefing

Mark House said he heard three gunshots and moments later, a woman stormed into his ward and tried to hide behind him.

"She was apologising to me, because she chose my room, because she feared this guy was looking for her," he said.

Police officers entered the room and evacuated them from the scene.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge was not unable to confirm the reports. He said he would provide accurate information once he had it.

ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks could not immediately be reached for comment.

A media briefing was due to be held at the hospital shortly.

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  • simphiweotto - 2012-04-27 10:42

    I wonder what is the motive behind this act.

      Grace - 2012-04-27 11:00

      Who cares what the motive is... Doesn't give him the right to take the law into his own hands and put innocent SICK patients and staff through this.

      esethu3 - 2012-04-27 12:17

      Margie can we please not try to drag politicians in everything that happens in a country... such things happen even in the US its deemed to have the best democracy... even when someone farts, we will blame Zuma... NO not cool

  • Carl - 2012-04-27 10:52

    This is shocking to hear. Esspecially on such a day of freedom. Does this mean that westville hospital will have to increase security as it has now become a target? I am a local, and westville hospital is were we go if we need to.

  • Rasta - 2012-04-27 10:55

    |Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge was not unable to confirm the reports.

      jaypee44 - 2012-04-27 11:09

      Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge was not unable to confirm the reports.( Wonder what else he is unable with ) the reporter is unable to see the difference between not ABLE and not UNable....Eish!

      Carl - 2012-04-27 11:30

      You guys are missing the information. Stop reading wording mistakes and think of why people are stupid enough to hold hostages.

  • Grace - 2012-04-27 10:57

    Westville prison is just down the road from the hospital... Maybe some criminals were set free to celebrate Freedom Day? Nothing surprises me in this country any more. I wonder how many of the police dispatched are competent with their weapons.... My prayers are with the innocent victims. POLICE SHOOT TO KILL - no mercy for the gunman/men.

  • delange.helene - 2012-04-27 11:03

    Maybe a dr who just won't listen to what's wrong with his patient? A checkers dr who prescribed a smartie for severe pain?

  • les.cunningham1 - 2012-04-27 11:04

    "was not unable to confirm the reports" - News24, get it right!!

  • victor.davi3 - 2012-04-27 11:25

    Breaking news in durban westville hospital, 43 minutes ago:twitt:@VictorShiburi

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-04-27 11:41

    Isn't it ironic that a black man holding the hostages wants to be attended to by a white doctor.

  • ndumiso.mncwango - 2012-04-27 11:54

    Please read your stories before uploading them.

  • Ben - 2012-04-27 12:13

    Send in Commandos, urgently! "Take out" the guy! How do you 'negotiate' with a 'criminal' who's firing at innocent people? If he wants to die, he must leave alone those that want to live... Mr Mkwanazi you're a member of the Elite Intervention Unit, your former colleagues are waiting for your command, Sir!

      En - 2012-04-27 12:34

      The commandos are already there (Special Task Force and Intervention Unit), and will probably end up killing him. That's how I see it playing out

  • esethu3 - 2012-04-27 12:15

    lets hope no extreme harm happens

  • elspeth.hassall - 2012-04-27 12:22

    OMG We supply biscuits to this hospital and the peole working in that kitchen are our friends! Just hope they are all safe!

  • acsteyn - 2012-04-27 12:25

    It must be the food?

  • Lee - 2012-04-27 12:34

    He shot 3 people and has now been shot and killed

      elspeth.hassall - 2012-04-27 12:40

      News24 has a new report but I cannot get onto the page. Please enlighten me futher.

  • thabang.seepe - 2012-04-27 12:39

    stupidity> what does Zuma have to do with this? typical 'OVERLY' critical South African idiot

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