Terminally ill woman 'raped' in hospital
TWO staff members at the National Hospital in Bloemfontein have been suspended after a terminally ill woman was allegedly raped by a male nurse, Free State health MEC Fezi Ngubentombi said
"The two staff members alleged to have committed the crime have been requested not to report for duty until the investigation has been concluded," said Ngubentombi.
Free State police said they were investigating allegations that a cancer patient was raped by a male nurse at the hospital.
Spokesman Captain Harry Nagel said the 50-year-old woman's husband told police the attack happened on October 15. According to the woman, a female nurse held her down while a male nurse raped her.
"There are two suspects, but no one has been arrested yet. We are waiting for a decision from the Director of Public Prosecutions," said Nagel.
The woman had been transferred to a private hospital in Bloemfontein and a case of rape opened.
Ngubentombi said if the allegations proved to be true, those responsible should be severely punished. She said patient safety was non-negotiable.
Ngubentombi said the police had already taken statements at the hospital.