Man arrested for doctor's murder

2011-06-09 07:54

Johannesburg - The patient accused of fatally stabbing a doctor at the Middelburg hospital was arrested late on Wednesday night, Mpumalanga police said.

"We arrested him at his hide-out in the Mhluzi township near Middelburg," said Lieutenant-Colonel Leonard Hlathi.

"He was convicted of stabbing a nurse at the same hospital in 2006 and was on parole when Tuesday's incident happened," he said.

The nurse survived and the man was sentenced to six years in prison.

"The suspect will appear in the Middelburg Magistrate's Court soon on a murder and attempted murder charge," said Hlathi.

Dr Senzosenkosi Mkhize, 32, was stabbed in the chest while working in the hospital's out-patient department where the patient went for a follow-up consultation.

He died the same day in a private hospital.

A security guard who tried to intervene was stabbed in the wrist.

The patient fled.

The incident has been widely condemned. Unions have blamed it on a lack of security in hospitals.

  • Frungy - 2011-06-09 08:03

    Honestly the problem here is not security in hospitals, that's a complete red-herring. The problem here is the overcrowding in South African prisons and that clearly this individual underwent no rehabilitation in prison. I mean seriously let's either bring back the death penalty or get the prisons in order, I don't care which, because as South African prisons stand they're just criminal breeding grounds. Innocent people who are imprisoned are brutalised by the inmates until they're traumatised into being criminals, and criminals who go in just get a chance to exchange gossip, practice their skills and come out even worse. This doctor would still be alive if the prison system had been doing its job.

      berthram - 2011-06-09 15:39

      I agree with you: our prison system is definitely not working and serious thought needs to be given to the subject by the powers that are, but to bring back death penalty is to take away the right to live, which is a basic human right as written into the Constitutional Law. This cannot be done, as it would be similar to taking away the right of speech or education. but still, I agree that something needs to be done about our prisons and the public's safety.

  • willem.p.grobbelaar - 2011-06-09 08:05

    out on parole \ ??? WTF people, lock him up 4ever or simply put a bullet between his eyes, we don't need this human scum in society !!!!!!

      ratex - 2011-06-09 08:26

      @willem - Two things, I am quite curious as to whom would give you the thumbs down for your statement? It is either a troll or somebody who condones murders, there is no other reason to give you a no vote? Secondly, these self same murders, rapists, arsonists etc can still vote like a normal citizen. WTF? In my view, you have NO RIGHTS when you are a con, none. You gave those up the day you committed the crime. The day of vigilante justice is coming. the public (all races) have had enough of this BS. If the cops cant do it, well then Joe Public will.

      willem.p.grobbelaar - 2011-06-09 11:04

      @ratex, - Thx dude, i totally agree with your statement, I would also add that our constitution is 1 of the best in the world, but a constitution can only exists in those that believe and follow it's guidelines, people who have no respect for some1 else life, undermines and weakens our awesome constitution thus weakening society.

  • b_fabulous - 2011-06-09 08:07

    He stabbed a nurse, sentenced to 6 years imprisonment, out on parole and commits murder at the same hospital. Thank you, criminal justice system, for failing us yet again!

      StirMonger - 2011-06-09 08:25

      He gets 6 years & parole for actual murder yet Clive Derby Lewis who was a party to murder gets life & no parole. Strange rules don't you think???????

      Dnt8 - 2011-06-09 08:40

      @StirMonger ANC rules ....

      Janine - 2011-06-09 09:13

      @stirmonger - Clive Derby Lewis planned the murder of Chris Hani before he carried it out and went to the house with the expressed purpose of murdering someone. This perp didn't murder anyone first time round although I agree that he should not have been out on parole - should have served his entire sentence.

      Chris Borruso - 2011-06-09 09:15

      Stirmonger, read closely, he got 6 years because the victim survived (thus it was only attemped murder), hopefully now he will get life without the option of parole, but this had to come at the expense of a young man trying to make an honest living and helping people. Lock him up and trow away the keep

      StirMonger - 2011-06-09 11:01

      @janine So you don't see a close relationship between a successful & a failed murder attempt. They both show an absolute comtempt for human life and should be treated the same. It's the parole decision I find curious.

  • willieman - 2011-06-09 08:08

    Send him to the gallows right away.

  • MONTSHIOA - 2011-06-09 08:14

    imagine a hardened criminal taking a life of a person who saves other people's lives. i think he deserve the ti die also

  • ji - 2011-06-09 08:14

    This would not of happenend if this creature was put down six years ago like it should of been . yet another innocent person failed by our useless government and thier useless laws on crime . BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY .

  • Robbie - 2011-06-09 08:17

    welcome to Africa

  • Solo-JHB - 2011-06-09 08:19

    Please Mr Minister of Health, protect our Doctors! We desperately need them in SA

  • advurt - 2011-06-09 08:20

    And we are not having the death sentence WHY again people? All thanks to the greeny tree huggers, this piece of humanity crap killed AGAIN. If he was just shot in the back of the head 6 years ago as he should have been, a doctor's life would have been saved.Now this criminal goes back to prison - and who pays for THAT? Our tax money again being wasted. I say - shoot this bastard now - and save us all a lot of money - and possibly another life somewhere in the future!

      Maggy Modise - 2011-06-09 09:26

      yes, I support you Mkhaya, Our Lives are not safe. Image your family knows you are at work then this tragedy come along,a dead wish for this Bastard.

      Pamela - 2011-06-09 09:43

      Dude, I'm what you might call a 'tree hugger' and I want the death penalty back more than anyone. Blame it on 'people huggers'

  • Tamzien - 2011-06-09 08:20

    Tragic, my heart goes out to the Doc's family.

      wouksie - 2011-06-09 14:51

      Senzo was a good guy.Ex-Matie student.He enjoyed his life on campus.Was involved with the student community.Its tragic.Condolences to the family.W

  • Leka - 2011-06-09 08:22

    Prisons in this country is luxury.People go in, pushed out through parole, commit a more serious crime just to see themselves back in and possibly denied parole. Prisoners have too much rights. They will continue to commit more crime just to see themselves back in.

      willieman - 2011-06-09 09:12

      i agree,possibly this is the only country in the world where prisoners have a right to vote.Why jail them in the first plce.You are send to prison to loose some of your rights.Not very long this thugs will demand sex from their partners

  • Mishka - 2011-06-09 08:28

    Goodness gracious me. He stabbed a nurse and he's out on parole. What is a sentence handed down by a Magistrate or a Judge worth when parole is granted to so many? I understand that the prisons are overcrowded, but should that be a penalty then for the innocent citizens who then have to be faced with these unreformed criminals? With so much money spent on unnecessary things by the Government, that money could be better used to increase the size and or number of prisons in the country. Condolences to the family of this young, aspiring surgeon, whose talent has now been lost to the country forever, whilst his killer will get some more jail time, and be out in a couple of years to kill again. So very sad for the family of the victim.

  • DeonHeunis - 2011-06-09 08:41

    Hopefully an investigation will be launched into his parole hearing. Why was he cleared for parole? Was he ready to be released into the general population? A leopard doesn't change its spots!

  • Tea party - 2011-06-09 08:43

    This proves that our prisons are really no deterrent at all. It's free boarding and lodging, while you're in criminal school to plan your next attack when you get out on parole. What a joke!

  • Tea party - 2011-06-09 08:46

    The only solution to our out-of-control brutal crime situation is to drag these convicted criminals in front a wall and put a bullet between their eyes.

      Dnt8 - 2011-06-09 08:50

      Tea that will just mess up the wall. I think strapped them down and nuke their dumb asses.

  • Bloodbane - 2011-06-09 08:48

    now where are all the twits who where saying yesterday this cant be blamed on the ANC...

      JohnnyBB - 2011-06-09 09:09

      ...ANC = useless... proven over 17 years....

  • SYLVERSTAR - 2011-06-09 08:48


      JohnnyBB - 2011-06-09 09:10 public... ...for all to see....

      maseratifitt - 2011-06-09 09:30

      willeman : This is where the buck stops. The minister is guilty of criminal negligence.

  • Tea party - 2011-06-09 08:48

    They deserve no humane treatment, no mercy. People are dying in our country every day and it's got to stop!

  • Barry - 2011-06-09 08:55

    I am so glad they apprehended Him.........but so many questions needs to be asked. Why was He paroled in the first place ? Who paroled Him ? How much time did He spend inside the can ? Was He properly rehabilitated ? Why did He commit the same crime again ? Is He a former health worker ? What does He have against the medical proffession ? Will He do it again and again and again ? Is He metally fit to stand trial ? He needs a beating with a sjambok Lock the scumbag up forever with hard labour.

      willieman - 2011-06-09 09:24

      Arrest minister oc correctional services

      StirMonger - 2011-06-09 11:25

      Who runs the parole boards? Is their decision minutes a matter or public record. I think not! Maybe a bit of public scrutiny will sharpen up their wits.

  • JohannV - 2011-06-09 08:56

    It goes like this: "Happy birthday Madiba! OK, let's release another 1000 random prisoners." They get recycled between police, lawyers and correctional services. More job creation, like "Working for Water" or patching potholes every month? Prisoners get released, no matter whether they're murderers or rapists.

  • 1215-DANAT - 2011-06-09 09:04

    South Africa is rotten why don't we bring back death penalty in prison - We someone kills must supposed to be killed also that will decrease crime and rumours. Danation (Phalaborwa)

  • londy.cele - 2011-06-09 09:08

    I still dont understand why was he out on parole from the first place ! We dont need people like this in the community, somethning must be done.

  • 1215-DANAT - 2011-06-09 09:09

    South Africa is rotten why don't the country itself decide to bring back death penalty that will decrease crime as the one who kills must also be killed as a punishment. The one who steals with a hand - the hand must be cut off. I agree with you Frungy

  • 1215-DANAT - 2011-06-09 09:11

    Everyday in South Africa people are killed but the killers not killed why?

  • senkgisha - 2011-06-09 09:19

    in simple term...FAAAK ANC

  • CraigColinRoyMcLeod - 2011-06-09 09:24

    What's funny is there was a guy commenting on the first fun on this article saying how its not something that happens regularly. And calling people nasty names, and guess what not only does it happen regularly but there are repeat offenders.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-09 10:17

    Dear Friends across South Africa, Right now a Parliamentary Committee is steamrolling through an unconstitutional secrecy bill that could take South Africa back to the dark days of impunity -- allowing government institutions to operate without public scrutiny, and stopping the media from exposing corruption, and abuse of power. But public pressure is pushing back! Last week, after hundreds of media outlets and civic organisations had submitted amendments to Parliament, COSATU, Fedusa and the former Minister for Intelligence Services, Ronnie Kasrils condemned the bill, and on Friday ruling party MPs were forced to prolong the Parliamentary debate. But security sector interests are at stake, and to ensure this current bill is stopped will require an avalanche of public opposition. The bill would undermine the Constitution and destroy key pillars of a vibrant democracy -- free media, open government and an informed public. Let's tell the political leadership that the people of South Africa vehemently oppose this Bill. Sign now, then forward this to everyone -- when it reaches 50,000 signers it will be delivered to Parliament, the Executive and key international allies:

  • - 2011-06-09 11:24

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  • JohannV - 2011-06-09 11:39

    On holiday recently in Spain I saw a sign that said 'English speaking Doctor' - I thought, 'What a good idea, why don't we have them in our country?'

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