Mzansi warned as armed robbers now steal cars parked at hospitals

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SECURITY in hospitals is cause for concern.

In recent incidents, armed thugs managed to hijack three cars at two health facilities in the Eastern Cape.

About five men stormed Joubertina Hospital on Friday, threatened security guards, and drove off in two vehicles.

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“When the department’s cars are stolen, that negatively impacts on us in services.”
Provincial health spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said: “Allegedly five men arrived at a hospital pretending to be ill.

“They overpowered the security guard and tied him up, making off with an Isuzu bakkie and a Toyota Corolla.

“The security guard was unharmed.

“Both cars were later found abandoned not far from the hospital.

“On Thursday night, criminals hit Libode Clinic, also at gunpoint, and stole a state vehicle.

“In both incidents, police were alerted but the clinic vehicle has not yet been recovered.

“Targeting clinics and hospitals is nothing but pure thuggery that has no place in our society.

“When the department’s cars are stolen, that negatively impacts on us in services.”

Kupelo called on communities to work with the department and police to bust those who target health institutions.

“At the end of the day, criminals live among us.

“Anyone who might have information leading to the arrest of the suspects is urged to alert their nearest police station or call the department’s call centre on 0800 032 364.

“Their confidentiality is guaranteed,” said Kupelo.

-Dailysun


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