Pelonomi attack suspect set to appear in court

The case against a 32-year-old suspect, Vice Olivier, who stands accused of attempting to rape a 24-year-old intern doctor at Pelonomi Hospital is expected to be heard by the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on September 16.

The suspect, who hails from Bronville in Welkom, allegedly posed as a patient and tried to rape the 24-year-old intern doctor on the night of June 4th while she was resting in one of the overnight staff quarters.

During the encounter, the doctor was able to overpower the suspect and bite part of his tongue off. After fleeing from the scene, the suspect was traced and arrested at National Hospital where he tried to get medical treatment.

The incident has since placed the safety and security of medical personnel and patients at healthcare facilities in the province under scrutiny.

Soon after the accident Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, and provincial health MEC Montsheng Tsiu, visited the family of the victim where they committed to beef up security measures at the hospital.

The University of the Free State has since also landed a hand in efforts to secure the safety of its students.

During the tabling of the provincial health budget in July, Tsiu announced that although the bulk of the R11.142 billion of the Free State Health budget, will go towards Infrastructure development, procurement of ambulances, and the filling of vacancies she will intensity measures to address safety and security concerns at hospitals.

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