Armed robbers assault, pepper spray and rob staff and patients at Mpumalanga clinic

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Armed robbers assaulted, pepper sprayed and robbed staff and patients at the Empumelelweni Clinic in Vosman.
Armed robbers assaulted, pepper sprayed and robbed staff and patients at the Empumelelweni Clinic in Vosman.
Duncan Alfreds, News24
  • Mpumalanga police are looking for two gunmen who attacked staff and patients at a clinic and robbed them.
  • The victims were assaulted and also pepper sprayed.
  • Residents have been urged to help police find the gunmen.

Mpumalanga police have launched a manhunt for armed robbers who assaulted, pepper sprayed and robbed staff and patients at the Empumelelweni Clinic in Vosman on Sunday morning.

SAPS' provincial commissioner, Lieutenant-General Semakaleng Manamela, "strongly" condemned the incident, which she described as shocking.

According to provincial police spokesperson Colonel Donald Mdhluli, two armed suspects entered the clinic at around 02:25. They allegedly held security guards, as well as staff and patients at gunpoint.

From there, the gunmen allegedly robbed the victims of their personal items, including cellphones.

Mdhluli said: 

During the said robbery, the victims were reportedly assaulted, meanwhile others were sprayed with pepper spray, whilst some security guards sustained injuries. The suspects are said to have then fled the scene with the robbed items.

"The incident was then reported to the police at Vosman, where a case was opened accordingly and an investigation began, hence the manhunt.

"The police at Vosman appeal to members of the public to assist with information regarding this incident or the whereabouts of the suspects by contacting the branch commander, Colonel One Thobejane on 082 372 2195 or the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111, alternatively send information via My SAPS app. All information will be treated as confidential, and callers may opt to remain anonymous," said Mdhluli.

Last month, burglars broke into three Johannesburg clinics within a week and made off with computers containing patient information.

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