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kznlogo thumb100 Daily News reports that safety concerns at KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) hospitals have arisen after two men walked into Clairwood Hospital and fatally shot a 47-year-old man in the head.  

Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said the two men had entered the men’s surgical ward and forced their way past security guards after pointing firearms at them on Friday.  “It is believed that the man was killed in full view of other patients and hospital staff,” said Gwala.  Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu said the patient was being treated for gunshot wounds from a previous incident and had been transferred from King Edward VIII Hospital to Clairwood in late December.  “It is alleged that after shooting him, the suspects walked back to their vehicle and drove off.  The security guards had tried to close the main hospital gate but the men threatened them and forcefully opened the gate themselves, before fleeing,” Simelane-Zulu indicated.  She advised the safety system within healthcare facilities would have to be changed and went on to comment:  “It means that our system is not as effective as we would have liked to think.  We will have to urgently re-look at our security protocols”.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Kelyn Blackburn at Daily News
  • Read too, IFP, DA call for better security measures following ‘execution-style’ shooting at Durban hospital, at The Citizen

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