I am horrified at the thuggish behaviour yesterday of protesters who blockaded the entrance of the Steve Biko Hospital with burning tyres.
According to the hospital’s Acting CEO, Dr Mathabo Mathebula, the violence was perpetrated by former private security guards who were dismissed last year for misconduct and are demanding to be reinstated.
Police were called to disperse the protesters and a case of malicious to property has been opened.
Police say the crowd was dispersed when officers arrived at the scene.
The police’s Kay Makhubele says, “So far, no injuries or arrests have been reported. We’ll continue monitoring the situation.”
This violence at a major hospital follows the trashing two weeks ago at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital where police also had to be called in.
It is shocking that there is such disrespect for a place of healing which should not be disrupted under any circumstances.
I commend the police for restoring order, and I hope the perpetrators appear in court soon.
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