End-of-year partygoers create havoc at KwaDukuza clinic

2016-12-16 20:13
Sibongiseni Dhlomo (Picture: The Witness)

Sibongiseni Dhlomo (Picture: The Witness)

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Durban – Two healthcare workers were assaulted and property was damaged when a fight ensued between a group of rowdy people who were celebrating their year-end function and staff at a clinic in KwaDukuza, the KZN health department said on Friday.

KZN Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo, said staff were attacked by people who were accompanying a patient at Stanger clinic.

The group of people, who were possibly under the influence of alcohol, had allegedly brought an injured colleague to the clinic when they allegedly had an argument with staff at the clinic.

It is believed that the group had been attending a Christmas year-end function where alcohol was consumed, said Dhlomo.

He said the argument escalated and the group, as well as more revellers, began attacking staff at the clinic.

Fortunately, said Dhlomo, security officers who were passing by stopped and tried to defuse the situation and the police were called to the scene.

He said two health workers sustained injuries and the clinic’s main gate was damaged and ripped off from the rails by the attackers.

The damaged gate is currently being repaired, he said.

“We are alarmed and, quite frankly, disgusted by this incident. We will not tolerate any form of behaviour that threatens the safety and well-being of health professionals and health facility support staff, who render such important work.”

Dhlomo said the work that clinical staff perform was sacrosanct and should never be undermined.

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