Damning allegations against hospital security officers

The entrance to the RK Khan Hospital, situated in Chatsworth. FILE PHOTO.

Security officers at the RK Khan Hospital have come under fire after damning allegations of physical abuse and racism against visitors came to the fore, recently.

A well-known Silverglen businessman and his family, who were visiting a relative at the hospital, claim they were allegedly brutally assaulted in the hospital premises, last Sunday night.

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Speaking to journalists, the businessman, who did not wish to be named in fear of his family’s safety said, “After my mother-in-law was rushed to hospital, my wife and I together with other family members went to hospital. While in the hospital premises, two security guards started making racist comments against us. When we told them that we understood what they were saying, the guards pushed my brother-in-law from the back and started assaulting us.”

According to medical reports, the businessman sustained two broken ribs.

“After a short while, about 10 guards with batons started assaulting us and one of them grabbed my wife by her throat. We were all dragged out of the causality entrance. We demand justice. The guards have a responsibility which they failed to do,” added the irate resident.

Private investigator, Vis Munien, who is currently investigating the matter said he is highly concerned about the seriousness of this assault.

“What is disturbing is that the complainants were unarmed and defenceless when this offence allegedly occurred,” said Munien.

He added, “A security company has the duty to arrest and hand over suspects to police, not to take the law into their own hands.”

Cluster communications officer of the eThekwini Inner South, Cpt Cheryl Pillay said, “It is alleged that on September 23, 2018 at about 11pm, two people were allegedly assaulted by security guards at a local hospital.”

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Chatsworth SAPS is investigating a case of common assault. At this stage, no arrests have been made and investigations are continuing.

PRO of the hospital, Mbali Mthalane said, “No complaints were raised at the hospital pertaining to this incident. The complainant is advised to contact the hospital PRO in order for this matter to be dealt with accordingly.”

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Bianca Lalbahadur

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