Shock, anger at doctor's killing

2011-06-08 10:48

Mbombela - Security guards must search everyone entering a state institution, including hospitals, to make sure they do not have weapons, the Mpumalanga safety and security department said on Wednesday.

"Access control at hospitals is the duty of the security guards posted there and they should make sure that people accessing the facilities are always checked to ensure that everybody is safe," safety and security MEC Vusi Shongwe said.

Shongwe condemned the killing of a doctor at the Middelburg Hospital on Tuesday.

He said it was regrettable that the incident happened in a government establishment.

Doctor stabbed

"Through our security management officials, the department will also establish how the suspect gained entry to the hospital with a knife, without the security guards detecting him, and steps should be taken against those guards who failed to perform their duties as required," he said.

On Tuesday a 32-year-old patient allegedly stabbed Dr Senzosenkosi Mkhize in the chest, and a security guard who tried to intervene, in the wrist.

At the time, Mkhize was working in the out-patient department, where the patient had gone for a follow-up consultation.

The guard was admitted to the same hospital in a stable condition. Mkhize was transferred to a nearby private hospital in a critical condition and died later in the day.

The patient fled the scene and was still at large.

Shongwe sent his condolences to Mkhize's family and wished the injured security guard a speedy recovery.

Anger at killing

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights' Union (Popcru) said on Wednesday it was disgusted by the killing.

"Most hospitals are suffering from security lapses which, amongst others, are caused by lack of security intelligence at these institutions, with lowly trained security companies issued with tenders and the absence of continuous observation of all patients in the vicinity of health sites," spokesperson Mampane Norman said.

"We join all progressive trade unions organising within the health sector to campaign vigorously to change the status quo."

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) was angered by the killing.

"As an organisation that advocates for safe practice environment for all health care workers we are disturbed that such incidents of brutality are persisting in our health centres," spokesperson Asanda Fongqo said.

"As Denosa we are concerned by the safety and security of healthcare workers in the province as this is not an isolated incident, this issue needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency if we are to overhaul our health system."

Both trade unions sent condolences to Mkhize's family and friends.

  • Gorilla - 2011-06-08 10:55

    "...Security guards must search everyone entering a state institution, including hospitals, to make sure they do not have weapons..." Welcome to SA. Whatever next. Time has come to strongly consider ones future in SA.

      S Bouttell - 2011-06-08 11:02

      Reminds me of that very old joke - if you don't have a weapon, they'll give you one. Crazy society, armed to the teeth, and violent by nature.

      Mnr. Smith - 2011-06-08 11:20

      Gorilla you are a poephol, this could have happened anywhere in the world.

      StoneAngel - 2011-06-08 11:21

      Why should security guards search anyone - the police seldom do - I recently witnessed an intruder being apprehended by the police ( yes they do catch baddies now and again) after an attempted burglary. It took them +- 15 mins before they bothered to search the intruder (was not even in hand cuffs and was allowed to wander around) and found a very nice knife and sheath strapped to his left ankle.

      Bloodbane - 2011-06-08 11:22

      @Mnr. Smith - but it didnt it happened here.

      Jayden - 2011-06-08 11:28

      Without a scanning machine its easy to conceal a knife. Even if people are searched prior to entering the hospital, it is pretty easy for them to lay hands on a surgical instrument like a scalpel or a pair of scissors inside the hospital.

      mike - 2011-06-08 11:31

      mnr.smith - but it doesnt happen anywhere in the world it happens in SA

      Gorilla - 2011-06-08 11:32

      @Mnr. Smith. And how long are you going to use that tired old point. The fact is that if you look around you on a daily basis lawlessness and disrespect for peoples lives and livelihoods is commonplace. Babies getting burned, people killing each other and little being done about it. I may be a poephol, but I can tell you that you are not correct. It may happen somewhere else in the world, but it would be the exception - here's it's the rule. You have people like Malema who are lining up the presidency, and these people openly dislike their minority countrymen. Lets be realistic. Please answer me with some facts or logical counter argument and not another name, I can get abuse at a state hospital if I need it.

      Zebedi - 2011-06-08 11:39

      They can barely keep the X-ray machines in most state hospitals working, even though they are operated by qualified radiographers. How long will an X-ray scanner last at the front gate of a hospital, operated by a security guard with a std 6?

      jowza - 2011-06-08 11:45

      How much time do you need to consider your future,gorilla

      Mnr. Smith - 2011-06-08 11:50

      @ Gorilla, u wanted facts: both elsewhere, both recently...

      Snoek - 2011-06-08 12:11

      @ Mr. Smith, congratulations, you found two similar incidents out hundreds of countries in the world. Are you actually claiming that the crime situation is the same here as in the rest of the world? C'mon man, open your eyes. I dare you to walk around in central Johannesburg for 30min with a wallet in your hand. You won’t do it right? But you will gladly do it in central London, New York, Paris, Sydney etc. The problem won’t go away if you pretend there's no problem.

      Mnr. Smith - 2011-06-08 12:14

      @ Snoek Did I claim that??? poephol, lol

      McDaNife - 2011-06-08 12:21

      Hey gorrila catch a wake up. Your future is elsewhere, so scram

      Snoek - 2011-06-08 12:31

      @ Mr. Smith, You defend it, but you don’t claim it? You made the comment on Gorilla's post, clearly you don't agree with him. And what's with the insult, it's a sure sign of a lost argument.

      Gorilla - 2011-06-08 12:39

      As expected, the peanut gallery is never short of brainless chirps. Firstly Mnr.Smith, I am certainly not ignorant enough to believe that gruesome attacks on people do not happen everywhere in the world, but lets take London as an example (because most people in SA believe "London" is the whole content of "overseas") If you are attacked in Central London, you can guarantee that you would get assistance from the public, and if a policeman attended to you, he would be competent, be able to speak English and be genuinely concerned that you got the right help. And ambulance would arrive if you needed one and further to that the person who attacked you would in all probability be arrested, in court and charged pretty quickly. The incident may be one of a handful in the year and not the morning before 9am. If you have conerns about safety, there are policemen, taxi drivers and law abiding citizens to make sure that you are looked after - this is known as a "civilised society" In SA these days, if you are unlucky enough to be one of the hundreds of people who are attacked on a daily basis in and around our city centres (lets not bring suburbs and townships into the equation yet) You may be lucky enough to get a policeman to the scene once you have held on and spoken to several disinterested people at a station who can speak english, filling out an incident report with a policeman who has a standard 5 and speaks little english is a grueling experience for someone who is in shock.

      Gorilla - 2011-06-08 12:44

      @MacDaKnife. You may well be right. sadly when (if) I do decide to go, there are 47 people who I employ who will join the ranks of the unemployed and contribute to the straining taxpayers burden. Their families will be worse off, no sir, my future is still here at present but the more I hear idiots like you and their narrow ill-considered views as well as the growing surge of support for militant haters like Julius Malema, I wonder if people like me are just pissing against a wind.

      Bush Dweller - 2011-06-08 12:47

      The country is screwed! Well done ANC! 17 years you idiots - that all it took!

      Mnr. Smith - 2011-06-08 13:01

      Snoek & Gorilla WTF keep comparing RSA to NYC, London and Paris??? Try Mexico City, Panama City or cities like that, then you will see its not so bad here! Get real, please. Stop comparing a caravan with a cruiseship.

      Gorilla - 2011-06-08 13:10

      Mnr. Smith are you schitzoid? YOU said "Gorilla you are a poephol, this could have happened anywhere in the world" - the debate got speed because of your comments. Ask yourself how long are people going to say "we have had enough" and watch nothing getting done before (a) they just go (as so many people will them to) or (b) decide to take matters into their own hands. Either way, the outlook is grim for the future and all the while people like you think it's normal and "can happen anywhere" - Open your eyes FFS.

      CraigColinRoyMcLeod - 2011-06-08 13:48

      Actually @MNR Smith - look at the list of rapes, violence etc against doctors in SA its the highest in the world. We are also the rape capital of the world, number 1 for gun crime, and number 2 for knife crime (the Colombians are better than us there only silver medal for us there). We live in a country where life is cheap and violence is the highest on the planet, its delusional to think otherwise. PS the sad part is I personally know 9 doctors who have been attacked, which is about 70% of the doctors I know. (in South Africa)

      Roger Rothner - 2011-06-08 13:52

      Mr. Smith. You are worse than a poephol. It is because you love the anc and now you can not think straight

      Susan_Kanada - 2011-06-08 16:29

      @MrSmith: "This could have happened anywhere in the world?" Yes, it "could", but way more likely to happen in a place like South Africa! It's all about risk. What a sad ending for this poor doctor and his family. Kudos to the security guard who tried to intervene. Further ( not related to your comment), I have to wonder: Is it the security's fault that this happened? I doubt it. I live in Canada and they never search you when you go to a hospital here. Is it the policy to do so in SA, and is it even practical? Once again I think the answer is NO.

      brok3news - 2011-06-08 16:47

      Time to grow a pair.

      Larro - 2011-06-09 01:44

      @Gorilla - it's the old 'frog in a frying pan' - drop the fog into a hot pan - he jumps straight out. Turn up the heat slowly, and he stays put. Sadly, most people sit tight, hoping it will magically get better despite all evidence to the contrary, until they experience a compelling event like an attack on their loved ones or themselves - and then it's too late, your life is changed forever. These terrible events DO happen all over the world, but not as often as they do in SA by a loooong chalk, and when they do they make the headlines, there is massive outrage, the police catch the perpetrators and put them away.

      CITIZEN - 2011-06-09 02:32

      Mnr smith it happened here and yes the guards should be more awake go to any company and you will find the guard sleeping but in this incident a guard did intervene but got injured if he were trained rite he could have disarm the suspect security companies must train there guards how to disarm people with knifes

  • Anonymus - 2011-06-08 10:57

    what is this country coming to!!

      Larro - 2011-06-09 01:45

      'coming to'? it's already here.

  • Investor - 2011-06-08 10:59

    SA does not have a crime problem....IT has a POLICE problem .... !!!!

      S Bouttell - 2011-06-08 11:04

      Nope. Apparently we are all hallucinating the increase in crime - per interview with the police comissioner this morning on 702, there has been no increase in crime levels, just the violent nature of the crime has increased. sigh. 'nother day in Africa.

      Peacock - 2011-06-08 11:22

      and they took out guns away from us ? now what do we do? employ the poorly trained security guards? If they completed a proper evaluation of all the tenders for the security at the Govt institutes, why was an inept firm employed? Are they paying for a 1st class company and employing a fly by night - if so where is the money going. -- sorry forgot -- Govt institute = ANC = corruption, greed, theft, lies, bullsh*t, etc etc

      Bloodbane - 2011-06-08 11:24

      actually we have a goverment problem....

      Flinger - 2011-06-08 12:11

      boring already @ Investor

      Susan_Kanada - 2011-06-08 16:32

      Please don't blame this one on the police. Thanks to crime being totally out of control they simply can't be everywhere that crimes are happening.

  • tut - 2011-06-08 11:03

    Unfortunately one could link this tragic death to the demise of Government run institutions. Badly run Hospitals where babies are dying daily/doctors being murdered because the security Company is a ghost tenderpreneur operation or simply put funds budgeted for security are being used for leasing expensive luxury German cars. Manifestation of the parasitic influence sucking the taxpayer bone dry with fat ANC ticks licking their lips and ignoring the fruits of their actions.

  • Lee - 2011-06-08 11:05

    Yes, A must have is X-ray machine for bags and metal detectors like air ports, Then a strip search room for anal inspections. Anyone entering with a broken leg or arm must be treated like a potential nut case. S**t happens....Vodacom should have the same at their shops and KFC as i'm sick of it not looking like the picture.

      schmerz - 2011-06-08 12:44

      hmmm, I'd rather fight thugs on the streets than be beaten by police without being able to fight back

  • Citizen - 2011-06-08 11:13

    This is just tragic. However, after working in a goverment hospital for 3 years now, it does not surprise me that a patient managed to get a knife into the hospital. Security is non-existant in 2 of the state hospitals I've worked in. What surprises me is the government's reaction. How can you not know what is happening in your own hospitals? No wonder state health care is in the dismal state its in. How do you expect to recruit and retain staff when those staff are not protected?

  • jakkals - 2011-06-08 11:15

    Just a few years ago when a state prosecutor was stabbed in her office in a magistrates court, security was beefed up. Today you can walk into any Magistrates court with alarms screaming and the guards won't even lift their heads to check from where they are dosing.

      Yoni - 2011-06-08 21:09

      This is so true mate. Glad someone mentioned this. I know of a court in a rural area, with two semi-awake guards staffing a metal detector. Funny part is, the premises are surrounded by a concrete palisade fence which is so wide apart you can probably pass a rocket launcher, AK etc to your mate through the bars and there's no one patrolling the fence.

  • Christian - 2011-06-08 11:16

    "He said it was regrettable that the incident happened in a government establishment" Uhhhm, so it would have been better if it happened at a private establishment??? Why and what does the fact that it happend at a government institution have to do with it? It should NOT BE HAPPENING ANYWHERE for crying out loud!!!

  • Rainbow - 2011-06-08 11:18

    it speaks volumes that they transferred the doctor to a private clinic! but really, what a loss. here was someone prepared to work in a government hospital - not private - serving the public - and he loses his life. absolutely mindless and senseless.

      moiraine - 2011-06-09 09:58

      Dr probably had medical aid since all government employees can, security guard probably didnt.

  • Happy-go-lucky - 2011-06-08 11:19

    "suffering from security lapses which, amongst others, are caused by lack of security intelligence at these institutions, with lowly trained security companies issued with tenders..." SCRAP BEE THEN!!! F.F.S

  • Mash - 2011-06-08 11:27

    Give friens security- tenders witout merit and kill employees.

      jowza - 2011-06-08 12:00

      a lot of security companies are white owned with guards that are not very well trained

      Ke maketse - 2011-06-08 14:11

      @jowza. Some of them even employ illegal immigrants

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-08 11:37

    Kill, burn, loot,....sadly, SA is developing an immunity to stories like this...Everywhere, everyday :(

      jevoixtout - 2011-06-08 15:20

      Yip, and tonight we all drift off into lala land only to wake up tomorrow with a new horror story. That way we can at least forget yesterdays senseless murders and focus on the one at hand and then repeat our disgust. Then back to lala land and think tomorrow will be different. Like little frogs in the pot on a stove.

  • Blacklady - 2011-06-08 11:40

    Very sad.

  • Aquilian - 2011-06-08 11:59

    What is this country comming to? We are learning the hard way that our departure from the ancient laws of civilization in favour of evil humanist laws will lead to barbarism. You can not hope to protect good people whilst upholding the "human rights" of criminals.

      falcon2020 - 2011-06-08 12:08

      Insha-Allah - we are currently, experiencing the blatant abusive neglect at the hands of goverment, who has to protect this ancient right. It is everywhere on display around us.

  • vandermerwe.martin - 2011-06-08 12:00

    @ Mnr. Smith, yes it happens in other places in the world but it happens here daily, that's the difference.

  • Yolande - 2011-06-08 12:07

    What really baffles me is why anyone would kill a doctor who is busy helping them? What on earth could have been the motive? It would appear that this "patient" should have been locked up in a psychiatric institution instead of receiving out patient care. For goodness sake, what is the world coming to when doctors are being attacked by people they are trying to help? Condolences to the doctor's family. He could still have done so much good. Also, good wishes for the recovery of the guard who tried to help.

      Moi1980 - 2011-06-08 12:57

      The patient is mentally ill; don't think he needed much of a motive. Apparently, this same patient stabbed 5 nurses at the same hospital some years ago. Why he isn't locked up in an institution for his and everyone else's safety is beyond comprehension.

      Ke maketse - 2011-06-08 14:15

      Sowetan writes that that the patient complained about a lot of pain on his hand and after looking at x-rays the doctor told him there is nothing wrong with him.That when he stabbed the doctor. Its a very sad incident though

      Yolande - 2011-06-08 15:46

      @Moi1980 and Ke maketse - Thank you for the extra background info. Yes, it is very sad and senseless. My heart goes out to the doctor's family.

      AlphaOne - 2011-06-09 17:38

      The pain in his hand was caused by him holding his knife too tight.

  • Keith - 2011-06-08 12:08

    Crime happens the world over you just have to watch Sky News, we have young kids stabbing other kids, we have killings in schools in the US, we have babies being rapped in the U.K. by nursry school workers. It does not matter what colour of your skin a death is a death and measures need to be taken to stop this dreadful violence. We need to train police officers better and security guards. The police and Security guards have a thankless job, unfortunately the world over they get no thanks and are all underpaid.

      falcon2020 - 2011-06-08 12:18

      and I geuss you also recycle? I am sorry friend, but you are naive as to the reality of life in Mbombela - Even the SAPS have their vehicles stolen weekly in this shambles of governless glutiny and greed by the Heads of The Company.

      Brook - 2011-06-08 12:19

      Thank you Keith at least someone with brains you right it happen all over the world

      Lee - 2011-06-08 13:00

      Of course sick s**t happens the world over and when it happens (U.K) as an example it's none stop news for weeks til the killer is found. S.A. On the other hand it's daily. This will be forgotten in the morning and replaced with more murder,rape etc...Roll on the world cup.

      Worldwise - 2011-06-08 13:03

      Correct it does happen all over the world. Unfortunately it hits the headlines there because it is such a rare occurence. Then the news reaches SA giving the naive ammunition to say "Look, it happens overseas as well!", Unfortunately 50 people are murdered daily in SA so only the worst of the worst cases even make the news. I lived in Germany for several years and in that time there was ONE murder in the city I lived in. This hit the headlines, front page nogal. In SA someone being murdered after drawing money from an ATM will battle to make page 3. Never saw any security gaurds gaurding German police stations nor hospitals though. Not even in the malls. The banks also have counters without glass and no secutity gaurd. I wonder what SA is doing wrong?

  • snl - 2011-06-08 12:28

    Shocking - one gets stabbed in a hospital but for some or other reason they need to be transferred to a "private" hospital. What does that say about our state hospitals? Condolences to the family of the doctor

  • K_za - 2011-06-08 12:32

    To get in with the weapon is one thing but to escape after stabbing 2 people?! Was security asleep?

      Dazza22 - 2011-06-08 13:31

      No, stabbed in the wrist

  • Virginia - 2011-06-08 12:39

    Mr Shongwe this incident should not have happen at all. We have to many people walking around with weapons of all sorts. Next Thursday you will be celebrating the shooting of Hector Petersen shot in 1976 by a policeman, we should really start using these days to clean up South Africa in memory of all these who have died by the hands of criminals. Yes I do conside Hectors shooting a crime, even though it was during the riots of 1976, but to many people have died in this country by the hands of the police and through crime in general.

  • Oogklaploos - 2011-06-08 12:48

    This so sad. To loose a qualified doctor is a tragedy for society as a whole. Absolutely shocking!

  • Smaal - 2011-06-08 12:58

    Awwwww they removed my post. @schmerz: Random opposites: Absolutely! A small detail most miss here. It’s very frustrating to argue a point with the ANCYL don’t you agree? Then again arguing the point to be black or white is a little irrelevant here but gaining some insight into the other realms is. In vino veritas schmerz. Till next time.

  • saliem - 2011-06-08 13:00

    I was in court this morning. The 4 "security guards" seemed more intent on playing with their mobile phones and clowning around, than doing their job. What a joke!

      jowza - 2011-06-08 13:08

      stay away from crime then you wont have to go to court

  • Darryl - 2011-06-08 13:03

    The point here is that sadly, state hospitals are so poorly run and understaffed that patients lack for proper care. Forget about security, if someone has a problem with the doctor, they will simply wait for him in the car park next time. Why did the Doctor get stabbed in the first place? All I have ever experienced from state doctors is an arrogant, uncaring attitude that is a betrayal of the trust patients place in them. Hear the frustrations of the people. Obviously one can't condone the killing, but understand this is a country where people express frustration often through violent means. Don't ignore the signs.

  • Voidy - 2011-06-08 13:03

    Lack of security intelligence, or just intelligence in general?

  • edd - 2011-06-08 13:07

    As if knives/forks are not obtainable in hospital/state institution/prison canteens? Heck, they even give you a knife on a plane!!! Do something pro-active about crime and stop spreading the cANCer!!

  • Gundaan - 2011-06-08 13:23

    Please somebody help me here , What sort of creature kills a doctor ...first of all this "patient " gets free treatment , he was in for a follow up consultation would think "it" would be grateful for that but no !! , then proceeds to brutally stab & murder a Doctor who is trying to help him ...& Doctors on top of it are spread very thinly around here in it has a serious ripple effect on all !!!!!

  • DeonL - 2011-06-08 13:27

    It is a sad day in our country. All entrances and exits at these fascilities should have security gates and metal detectors.

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  • Ke maketse - 2011-06-08 13:55

    I have never been searched when I went to a hospital. Even the private ones. Why was the doctor treated at another hospital

  • Tea party - 2011-06-08 14:02

    Damn what's next!!!!????

  • TSaR - 2011-06-08 14:11

    I do not condone what this man has done, BUT, the hospital staff are very very rude to the patients. I have felt like klapping doctors when I hear how they speak to these people. I take several copies of the Hippocratic oath with me to hospital and i shove it under their noses. Just like I take copies of the SAPS mission statement when I go to the police station.

  • Zackery - 2011-06-08 14:30

    "He said it was regrettable that the incident happened in a government establishment....really? Are we that blind and ignorant? Is it not rather regrettable that someone who aimed at helping others, was murdered? Why does everything have end in politics... i guess that might be rhetorical. this is definitely disasterous.

  • Rich - 2011-06-08 15:36

    I wonder why the Doctor was transferred from a Government hospital, to a Private Hospital ??-- makes you wonder.......

  • struth - 2011-06-08 15:42

    This is just another savage act without any motive. Just kill for the sake of killing. My sincerest condolences to the Doctor's family. We are all so indebted to our Doctors in this Country. A few months ago a lady Doctor was also assaulted at a Government hospital. What has this Government done to ensure our health carers safety since then. Nothing. They dont care. Soon we will lose all the Doctors from the Government Hospitals and then what will happen?

  • cjbotha3 - 2011-06-08 15:59

    A Judge once, in connection with Governmental service employeees, said: " In all these employments if one offers his employment, he is understood as holding himself out as possessing the degree of skill commonly possessed by suitably qaulified and competent employees in the same employment in sophisticated societies. If his pretentions are unfouded, he is committing a species of fraud upon every man who employs him in reliance on what he professed, and he is liable for his bad faith and dishonesty since he undertakes for good faith and integrity." Who employed these Hospital Staf ? They are also liable for their improper conduct, gross negligence and the bodily harm caused. What about the Minister of health ? Why was'nt he aware of this, or why did he not take the necessary remedial steps in time? Was he also negligent or incompetent or both?

  • latinlyrics - 2011-06-08 16:34

    @Mnr.Smith--- You are correct to an extent. Living in London and working for local government there I came across daily stabbings of school children and huge amounts of child abuse and crime... HOWEVER.... WE HAVE ONE OF THE HIGHEST CRIME RATES IN THE WORLD! So unfortunately we cant argue with that.

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  • Liberale - 2011-06-08 20:19

    @Mr Smith. I am a doctor, currently working in a government hospital in mpumalanga and im definately considering my future, but Im not considering Mexico city or Panama, Im considering the UK and Canada. Secondly, you obviously sit in front of your computer the whole day, so I dare you to get out there for one day and see what Africa is really like.

  • jacquesbence - 2011-06-08 22:54

    Senzo was a really great guy! He was a a student intern at Tygerberg last year- He was always smartly dressed, highly intelligent and always made time to talk to junior students (like myself)- whether in the gym or in the hospital. This really is a tragedy. At the end of next year I will get placed somewhere in S.A -It's a scary thought! Last year a pediatrician got raped while on call in a hospital, a Dr also got killed in Cape Town and now this! Every time people are outraged and promises are made to improve things, but I'm afraid checking every single patient as they enter a hospital wont fix the problem. It's the people, our country, that needs to change!

  • Lesman - 2011-06-08 23:46

    This is not surprising; i was once a victim of a gun point right in the corridors of Jubilee Hospital! Securities were just abundantly starring a man and woman trying to end my life, and wat Krap My Gat most is that it turn out that i was the one to be blamed. i personally don't think beefing up security is a solution some of them they're jst houd kops in the uniform.

  • Larro - 2011-06-09 01:34

    Talk about biting the hand that feeds you, what a damn shame... "Mkhize was transferred to a nearby private hospital in a critical condition and died later in the day" ' transferred to a nearby private hospital ' Come again??! He was a doctor already IN a hospital - why transfer him?

  • Gemini101 - 2011-06-09 03:43

    Yebo YESSSS murder the hand thats saving your life. Thats the South African way nowdays.

  • masamune - 2011-06-09 11:20

    as long as one man is richer than the other,crime will always be. no matter where you are,no matter how many cops you have, no matter how much training they get,kung fu,karate wateva.the dr was meant to die,it was his destiny to die at that point.someone got to learn something from his death,thats how life works.

  • AlphaOne - 2011-06-09 17:36

    @snoek you don't have to walk around NYC or London with your wallet in your hands. The pick pockets there like a challenge.

  • pappabeer - 2011-06-09 18:12

    Rest in peace Senzo. And condolences to the friends and family. Very sad to lose another old boy from Hippo. As a doctor at a rural government hospital myself, i can testify that the security guards are the biggest waste of time and money i have ever seen. Not to mention the false sense of security caused by the idea that there is access control to the premises. I fail to see how a 120kg HIV positive Zulu ousie, sitting fast asleep in her chair in a yellow uniform can protect me against possible danger lurking around the passages of the hospital at 2am when i am on call...

  • Jane - 2011-06-13 19:12

    And SAMA? Where are SAMA's comments? Why doesn't the trade union for the doctors do something for people like Mkhize and other doctors who survived being stabbed and don't report it? Nevermind the amount of Doctors that do on ARV's every month due to occupational risk exposures.

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