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Shot 3 times by ex-lover's brother

By unknown | Nov 07, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Simon Nare, Sibongile Mashaba and Kamogelo Seekoei

Simon Nare, Sibongile Mashaba and Kamogelo Seekoei

The patient gunned down in a Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital ward on Monday afternoon was finished off by the man who had attacked him two days earlier.

His family said the alleged killer had been stalking Bakhulu Mchunu since he broke up with the man's sister earlier this year.

Mchunu's brother, Sthembiso, said the man had also shot Bakhulu in August, when he was first taken to hospital.

The distraught brother said the former girlfriend's relative had also torched Bakhulu's car.

"He used to call, threatening that he would get him," he said.

And on Saturday night, Mchunu was with friends in a room at Merafe Hostel when a gang kicked open the door and shot him. He was taken to Chris Hani-Baragwanath where it is alleged that the killer's brother works as a nurse.

Mchunu was shot in a ward where police were guarding a suspect. He was immediately taken into theatre for an emergency operation, but died a short while later.

Police spokesman Captain Philemon Khorombi said a case of murder and attempted murder were being investigated. A woman was also injured when the gunman went on his shooting spree during visiting hours.

Hospital spokesman Hester van Heerden said the victim was admitted to the hospital on Saturday night. She emphasised that he was not under police guard but that a suspect was being held under police guard in the same ward.

It was earlier reported that Mchunu was part of a gang that robbed a Mulberton Pick 'n Pay on Sunday night. Police have dismissed the allegations.

The shooting incident has sparked an outcry over safety in hospitals.

At Pretoria Academic Hospital a seven-month pregnant nurse was attacked by a patient's relative at the weekend.

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) says it is shocked and dismayed by the attacks in two Gauteng hospitals.

It said the two incidents were disturbing.

Spokesman Asanda Fongqo said: "Denosa is consistently and continuously raising the critical aspect of safety and security in hospitals with the employer."

He said the employer had so far failed to guarantee safety or provide efficient security systems in hospitals.

Meanwhile Chris Hani-Baragwnath Hospital personnel and Gauteng's health department spokesman seem to be confused about the number of security guards at the institution.

They gave two contrasting figures when asked how many security guards were employed at the biggest hospital in Africa.

Health Department spokesman Zanele Mngadi yesterday said: "We have more than 30 security guards at Chris Hani- Baragwanath Hospital. We also have closed circuit television cameras at some facilities."

Van Heerden said the hospital had 200 guards.

"Half are employed by the hospital and the other half [are from security companies]," she said.


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