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By Boitumelo Tshehle | Dec 30, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 7 ]

THE family of a 23-year-old woman who was raped at the Mahikeng provincial hospital on Christmas Eve, have blamed the incident on lack of security at the institution.

The attacker entered the premises under the pretence of visiting a patient and gained access to the hospital's female medical ward.

He entered the ward and allegedly raped the woman. Police say there were two other critically injured patients sleeping in separate beds in the room at the time of the rape.

According to the victim's mother the attacker raped her daughter for more than 20 minutes and fled after realising that one patient was about to raise the alarm.

She said her daughter was deeply distressed, and was still in hospital.

"It is unacceptable for a patient to be raped in a hospital or anywhere else," the mother said. "Where were the security guards and the nurses? She is not safe anymore. if I had the money I would take her somewhere else for treatment. That hospital is a disaster."

The woman said her daughter was admitted on December 8 after feeling light-headed. She was supposed to be discharged on Christmas Eve but the doctor said he wanted her to stay in hospital for further observation.

She said hospital manager Labius Lebotse summoned her to the hospital on Wednesday to apologise for the incident.

"He kept me waiting for about two hours and told me he was sorry about what had happened," she said. Lebotse confirmed the incident and apologised on behalf of the hospital. Department of Health spokesman Tebogo Lekgethwane said the hospital had one security officer each for ward 9 and 8 (female and chronic wards).

"Both security officers have been given masks as a precautionary measures to prevent infections.

"Ward 2 (gynaecology) also was given a security officer for both shifts," he said.

Police spokesman Colonel Lesego Metsi said the suspect appeared in the Mmabatho Magistrate's Court on Wednesday on a charge of rape.

He said the suspect was remanded in custody for further investigation and that the case has been postponed to February 22.

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This is absoulutly unacceptable. I cannot belive that "security" as well as "safety" now also in our hospitals, is becoming a pipe dream.
#Disgusted

Dec 30, 2011 7:45 | 0 replies

SHE MUST SUE THE HOSPITAL?

Dec 30, 2011 9:52 | 0 replies

Aaaiii!!!!
Mahikeng Mahikeng Mahikeng, but you will hear someone complaining about Limpopo..Limpopo.
Some people in Mzansi are just a mess.

So this guy waited patiently for the poor lady to be hospitalised. Haai!

Dec 30, 2011 10:25 | 0 replies

I know this an't no laughing matter, but maybe the brother approached her and she said mohlang ke kula or ke shwele, and on hearing that she was hopitalised he went to get his wish granted.

On the other hand , this could have just been another sick perv that should be hanged by his bolls.

Dec 30, 2011 11:33 | 0 replies

They must not ONLY blame they must SUE the hospital in question its their right to be protected whilst seeking service in these premises and its the hospital's obligation to provide such protection. Chance are rapists in hospital premises are more than likely to be staff members.

Dec 30, 2011 11:50 | 0 replies

I know I should be commenting but I have no comment at all.

Dec 30, 2011 2:36 | 0 replies

Mahikeng Provincial hospital as well as this other private hospital in Mahikeng are just the same, how on earth can person enter the area for the ill and not b monitored. Disgusting le wena monna, what happened to bonna ba gago. segama!

Jan 05, 2012 2:58 | 0 replies