LEPHALALE — The Casualty unit at Ellisras Provincial Hospital was abuzz in the early morning hours of Saturday 10 November when injured people from Marapong began to throw wheelchairs and brooms, assaulting one another.
According to Frans Botha, an eye witness who was in the hospital to fetch medicine for his workers, the staff and other out patients were traumatised. “The man with the stab wounds came in to Casualties around 03:00 on Saturday morning. He waited for a while to be assisted, then a few other men entered Casualties and started to swear. They were very verbal, but I couldn’t understand what they were saying. One of the men bumped into a nurse and she slapped him. Wheelchairs were thrown around, windows were broken, and there was blood everywhere. It was chaos, totally out of control,” he said. Hospital staff are there to help others and to look after injured and sick people, if you injure the staff and doctors, who will be there to take care of patients?” Botha asked.
According to Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena, Lephalale Cluster spokesperson, the fight between two parties started in Marapong over the alleged scratching of a car, but it didn’t conclude there. One of the persons involved had knife wounds and he was brought to Ellisras Provincial Hospital, and the others involved in the scuffle followed them to continue the battle at the hospital.
The Lephalale SAPS were called out to the scene and one of the suspects was immediately transported to the police station. According to information, they returned to arrest another suspect, because his wounds had to be stitched.
According to WO Mokoena, Sophonia Kgatwane (21) and Modise Bokamoso (28) appeared in Lephalale Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday 13 November on charges of malicious damage of property and they were granted bail of R1 000 each. The date of their next court appearance was unknown at the time of going to print.
Mr Neil Shikwambana, Director of Communications, Limpopo Health Department, could not be reached for comment at the time of going to print.