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Friday, 20 June 2008

Hospital robbery condemned

The Hospital Association of South Africa (Hasa) has condemned the recent robbery at Sunninghill Hospital in Sandton by four armed men.

"It is a sad indictment on the country when facilities designed to house the weak, sick and vulnerable are targeted by criminals driven by selfish gain at any cost," Hasa CEO Kurt Worrall-Clare said on Friday.

Worrall-Clare said health professionals at the hospital were traumatised by Wednesday's events, even though no one was injured during the robbery.

He also applauded the police for their quick response that led to the arrest of one of the robbers.

On Wednesday morning, four armed men robbed the hospital of an undisclosed amount of money.

Gauteng police spokesperson Constable Bongi Mdletshe said the men entered the hospital in the early hours and held up staff.

One of the staff members phoned 10111 and the police rushed to the scene.

The police managed to arrest one of the men but the three others fled with an undisclosed amount of money. -- Sapa

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