Article by: Dumisane Dube
The Gauteng Department of Health has announced that health care services at Tembisa Hospital will be unavailable on Wednesday following a deadly shooting.
The hospital was shut down temporarily after a police officer allegedly murdered his nursing assistant partner in the parking lot and turned the gun on himself.
Spokesperson for the department Motalatale Modiba says the incident involved a 30-year-old police officer and a nursing assistant.
“Just after 08:00 this morning a 30-year-old police officer entered the hospital driving a state vehicle with blue lights on and parked at the Accident and Emergency Department’s parking lot. The man then called his 30-year-old partner who was on duty at the time to come to the parking lot. Upon arrival the police officer opened fire on the enrolled nursing assistant and turned the gun on himself,” said Modiba.
According to Modiba the nurse died on the scene, while the police officer is in a critical condition.
“Given the tragic incident the Tembisa Hospital is currently not in a position to receive the public into the facility and is diverting calls to nearby facilities,” says Modiba
The department says patients currently admitted at the facility will continue to receive care.
“The Gauteng Department of Health would like to advise members of the public needing access to healthcare services at Tembisa Hospital today to go elsewhere. The hospital remains inaccessible following a fatal shooting incident,” Gauteng Provincial Government said in a statement.
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