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healthcareSowetanLive reports that employees at Letaba Hospital outside Tzaneen, Limpopo, have asked for the services of the institution's security company to be terminated.  

This follows an incident in which robbers entered the premises at night and attacked doctors in their residence, injuring them before robbing them of their valuables.  Sammy Shipalane, a porter who has been working at the facility for 27 years, said it was pointless to have the security guards when robbers could gain easy access and he went on to state:  "No one is safe at this hospital, even in the presence of the security guards."  He was among a group of employees who protested during a visit by health minister Aaron Motsoaledi and his police counterpart Bheki Cele on Friday.  The two were assessing the circumstances under which the robbers had entered the hospital's premises and shot and injured two doctors, as well the wife of one of them, before robbing them.  According to Shipalane, an unknown man had entered the institution "without being searched" and stabbed a cleaner earlier this year.  Ward attendant Stone Gayisa said it was demoralising to work under unsafe conditions at the hospital.  The National, Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) in Limpopo said there was a need to insource security in all health facilities.

  • Read the full original of the report by Frank Maponya at SowetanLive

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