Security has been beefed up around some Durban hospitals following a fatal shooting at King Edward VIII Hospital on Wednesday morning.
The disastrous shooting claimed the lives of two men; believed to be striking hospital workers.
The shoot-out also left a security guard wounded.
A report had it that a nurse was also assaulted; the Department of Health disclosed the nurse was assaulted while she was walking from the matron’s office to the transport department.
Authorities said the labor unrest was triggered by staff demanding to be made permanent employees.
It also mentioned that some of the seven hospitals affected by the unrest are; Mahatma Gandhi Hospital; Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital; King Dinuzulu Hospital; and King Edward VIII Hospital.
King Edward VIII Hospital Beefs Up Security
Speaking further on Friday, Transport; Community and Safety Liaison MEC, Mxolisi Kaunda; and Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo; who spoke in a joint statement on behalf of KwaZulu-Natal government said the security upgrade was aimed at protecting patients and staff members at four provincial hospitals highly affected by the unrest.
Meanwhile, one of the intruders; who was believed to be part of the on-going illegal protest has been arrested.
Acting provincial police commissioner; General Bhekinkosi Langa, Kaunda, Dhlomo have also visited the victims.
During the visit, Health MEC Dhlomo; commended the interventions of the Safety MEC and the police.
“Our staff members are now fearing for their lives and this situation is unacceptable. We welcome the intervention to beef up security and to increase police visibility.
Our mandate is to deliver health service to people; that must be done without anyone threatening the lives of our staff,” Dhlomo asserted.
Prior to the incidence, workers at five public hospitals in Durban– mainly security guards, cleaners, and kitchen staff – demanded to be employed directly by the Department of Health, rather than through contractors.