Patient stabs nurse in Limpopo hospital

2011-12-08 12:25

Polokwane - A patient has stabbed a female nurse attending to him in the Letaba Hospital in Tzaneen, Limpopo police said on Thursday.

The nurse came across the 38-year-old man threatening another patient on Wednesday night.

When she tried to intervene, he threw a plate at her, said Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto.

"She ran away and hid in an office. He followed and found a pair of scissors... It is alleged that he stabbed her several times in the upper body," Otto said.

Security guards overpowered the man and arrested him.

Mentally unstable

Limpopo health spokesperson Joe Maila said the nurse was responding well to treatment, and would be discharged soon.

The hospital was not aware of the attacker's mental state when he was admitted to hospital.

"We are not saying he is a crazy person, just that after we assessed the situation we realised he is not mentally stable," Maila said.

"If we had known we could have done things differently."

Maila said the patient was moved to another hospital for psychiatric observation.

He will appear in the Tzaneen Magistrates' Court on Friday on a charge of attempted murder.

  • StarStruck - 2011-12-08 12:34


      Russ - 2011-12-08 12:37

      He's not crazy, just mentally unstable!

      Jack - 2011-12-08 13:29

      The local mentality, kill, rape, rob.

  • Gerhard - 2011-12-08 12:56

    He attacks a nurse that is caring for him? Mentaly unstable? Oh No, he is just your normal savage that has no place in a modern society. Life has no meaning and when upset or in disagreement, just stab the other one. And they have the right to vote?? Liberation before education is working wonders. Tick Tock Dock. Tick Tock.

  • methedex - 2011-12-08 12:57

    She must've given him some horrible hospital food... I WANT CHICKEN!!!

      makatika - 2011-12-08 13:12

      Why do you always give yourself thumbs UP. It is like giving yourself a Hi5

      methedex - 2011-12-08 13:16

      It's for in case I don't agree with my own comment. A reassurance if you must...

      makatika - 2011-12-08 13:31

      It is so Gayish for me. I pity people around you, it seems each time you say something you approve it by saying "Hi5 buddy, Hi5 Machana"

      methedex - 2011-12-08 13:39

      HI5 is the new hug man. You gotta keep up with the luuuuurv generation.

  • Lynn - 2011-12-08 12:58

    I hope the nurse recovers fully. Crazy man.

  • rbphiri - 2011-12-08 12:59

    "If we had known we could have done things differently." The problem with government hospitals is that most staff members fail to communicate with each other, in regards to a patient's condition when they are admitted to hospital, plus with the number of individuals flooding in the hospital, minor cases are treated lightly, only to find that that specific case will lead to something tragic.

  • Barbara - 2011-12-08 13:05


  • comrade.zondi - 2011-12-08 13:19

    Eish We hope the nurse recovers. We think that the evil tokoloshe got into his brain. We will raise this matter with the ancestors. Comrade Zondi

  • raegan.mcreed - 2011-12-08 13:24

    'Juliarse told him to do it''.. ''MUH-huh-huh-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha''

  • George - 2011-12-08 14:57

    How long did it take for the ambulance to pick him up

  • bontshi.john - 2011-12-08 15:04

    crazy crazy

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