Wednesday, 27 March 2019
The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in KZN has learned with shock and sadness about the death of a 27-year-old Registered Nurse who was ambushed in the early hours today on her way to work at Oakford Clinic in Verulam, north of Durban.
When visiting the clinic this morning, we learned that the nurses heard multiple gun shots and immediately the late nurse made a call to a colleague inside asking for help. On their way to the gate, they found their colleague gasping and having bullet wounds in the head, chest and hand. They rushed their colleague to a nearby hospital, Osindisweni, and she unfortunately succumbed to her wounds on arrival.
We are very concerned with such incidents that keep on escalating in this province. Last year alone, we lost almost 10 nurses who were also gunned down. The nurse who was killed was playing a very pivotal role of being a school nurse, looking after 22 schools in the area where she was working.
One nurse lost is too many as one nurse is capable of looking after 100 patients or more in a day and, therefore, to kill a nurse is tantamount to an attack on the State.
We can no longer tolerate such criminal activities directed at our vulnerable members. We therefore call on the South African Police Service (SAPS) to investigate and apprehend the perpetrator and that the law must not show any partiality to the perpetrator but to give the heaviest sanction which will send a strong message to others who are still contemplating of doing the same.
We further make a plea to the Department of Health to give a continuous counselling support to the Oakford Clinic staff as they are still very traumatised by witnessing one of theirs succumbing to death in such a tragic manner.
DENOSA conveys its sincere condolences to the family and colleagues of the nurse.
Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in KwaZulu-Natal
For more information, contact:
Sindi Ngcobo, DENOSA Acting Provincial Secretary in KwaZulu-Natal
Tel: 031 3051417/8
Cell: 071 643 3276