Six Soweto clinic staff held hostage by patients demanding treatment

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Johannesburg – Six clinic employees were allegedly held hostage by an aggrieved member of the public who demanded service after hours, the City of Johannesburg’s MMC for health said on Friday.

Councillor Mpho Phalatse, the MMC for health and social development, said she was shocked by the incident which took place at the Protea South Clinic on Thursday afternoon.

The clinic operates from 7am to 4pm, but on Thursday, staff had been waiting for an ambulance to transfer a patient to a hospital when two patients arrived and apparently demanded to be serviced at about 4.30pm.

“As it was already passed the official operational time, the staff referred the two patients to Chiawelo Community Healthcare Centre (which is) across the road or to come back the next day. This request was declined, and the six staff members were held hostage in the facility,” said Phalatse.

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