A case of robbery has been opened at the Westville police station after four suspects stormed the Life Westville Hospital holding up the security guards, staff members and a patient waiting to be admitted on Tuesday.
The incident occurred around the early hours of Tuesday morning around 5am. According to the KZN police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele, a complainant alleged that he was performing his duties when he was accosted by four armed suspects who were travelling in a white vehicle and threatened him. Mbhele said; “The suspects then entered the hospital building where they removed two TV’s from the wall and robbed patients of their cellphones and cash. A case of robbery was opened at Westville police station for investigation, “
In other reports, its alleged that the suspects stopped outside the front entrance and ran into the reception and entrance area and the driver remained in the car. It is also alleged that only one of the men brandished a firearm, however, it cannot be confirmed that the others were not armed.
Life Westville Hospital manger, Atish Maharaj confirmed the incident and also confirmed that nobody including patients and staff were harmed. Some of the patients and staff fled when the men arrived. The guards were unarmed. The robbers got into the car and fled. The car sped off down the oncoming lane leading into the hospital.
“An incident of this nature is distressing and counselling has been offered to those affected. The safety and security of our patients, employees and property are of the utmost priority and we are in discussions with our security company to assess the hospital’s current security measures. Various items such as hospital TVs were stolen,” Maharaj said. Investigations are continuing.