A criminal syndicate seems to be targeting Limpopo hospitals after two armed robberies took place within 24 hours in the province.
A health worker was injured and others robbed at the doctors’ residences at Lebowakgomo Hospital a day after a similar incident at Letaba Hospital.
A group of armed men forcefully entered the doctors’ cottages and ransacked a number of them on Friday night, stealing cellphones, money and other property, according to the Limpopo Department of Health.
One health care worker was assaulted and sustained minor injuries and there was a shootout between security guards and the criminals.
It is believed that the criminals used the same method at Letaba Hospital last Thursday morning, breaking through the security fence. There, three doctors were shot and robbed.
The attack happened hours after Health Minister Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi announced a review of state security in the province’s public health institution during his visit to Letaba Hospital accompanied by Police Minister General Bheki Cele.
Motsoaledi says that a criminal syndicate is responsible as “at quite a number of hospitals; people have been robbed especially doctors, including George Masebe, Helen Franz in Bochum and Zebidela, Matlala hospitals”.
Motsoaledi is planning meetings with the police, Home Affairs and the Security Industry Regulatory Authority (SIRA) to plan how to curb crime targeted at health facilities.
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