Pelonomi does away with private security company, hires staff

The management of Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein in the Free State has officially done away with the assistance of a private security company.

The hospital this year has managed to hire 12 security personnel.

Free State Health Department Spokesperson, Mondli Mvambi, reveals the hospital temporarily procured the services of two private security companies to beef up security.

Mvambi stresses both security companies were paid in full for services rendered, contrary to speculation on the ground alleging they were not paid. Mvambi explains what led to the termination of the contracts, is the appointment of eight security supervisors and four security officers.

Mvambi was responding to a complaint made to OFM News, regarding additional security measures which appear to no longer be in place. Mvambi does indicate how long the contracts were in place for but does not specify when exactly these services were rendered in his response.

The hospital management was forced to rope in private security companies to assist following the much-publicised attempted rape of a 24-year old female intern doctor by a former male patient, while she was sleeping in the doctor’s quarters in June 2019.

The unnamed intern doctor bit off the tongue of her would-be rapist – Vice Olivier. Following several appearances in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court and a psychiatric evaluation, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) decided not to prosecute Olivier, who hails from Bronville in Welkom. He is was declared a state patient and according to reports, sent off to the Free State Psychiatric Complex.

The South African Journal of Psychiatry, defines state patients “as individuals who have been charged with criminal offences and have been declared unfit to stand trial and/or who are not criminally responsible because of their mental illness or defect”.

A second doctor was robbed in the parking lot of the same hospital three days later, forcing the University of the Free State, to suspend training and lectures for medical students temporarily.

Mvambi says “there is a security contingency plan for the deployment and overtime of security officers”.