Four suspects aged between 17 and 21 years of ages were arrested by the Anti-Gang Unit of the Police in Mpumalanga. This comes after a recent incident whereby a group of suspects allegedly went into Carolina Hospital and attacked the staff, assaulted others and robbed them of their personal belongings.
According to a provincial police spokesperson, Brigadier Selvy Mohlala, on Saturday, June 17, Carolina Hospital was reportedly attacked by a group of suspects who stormed into the premises and attacked the staff members. Some of them were assaulted and robbed of their personal items, such as cell phones. The group reportedly went on a vandalizing spree of hospital properties, leaving behind a trail of destruction.
“The outrageous behaviour occurred after a man was brought into hospital but later succumbed to gunshot wounds. After this sad news reached people who brought him for medical treatment, hell broke loose as they went on a rampage and caused a lot of havoc which sent shock waves amongst the workers who were on duty,” Mohlala said.
That conduct was strongly condemned by authorities as well as the general public, leading Police management in the province to establish a team of experts in under the leadership of the Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela. The General vowed that no stone will be left unturned and she did not mince words when saying that the suspects would be hunted down and brought to book. When the suspects were arrested, a mobile phone believed to have been stolen during the hospital attack, was found on them.
The four suspects are due to appear at the Carolina Magistrate’s Court on Monday, July 3 facing various charges, including malicious damage to property, business robbery and possession of suspected stolen property.