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DENOSA Free State disgusted by attempted rape incident at Pelonomi Hospital 

Media statement 

Thursday, 06 June 2019 

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Free State is disgusted by the incident of attempted rape on a health professional which occurred at Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein where a health Professional was targeted inside the health facility.

It is such incidents that revoke anger and a feeling of unsafety within our public sector institutions. Lack of safety in health facility is an ongoing concern, and that nothing has been done to address this area over the years is sending a message that the employer cares less about the safety of its own employees. 

One incident is one too many to not take action. This occurrence is traumatic and led to health employees at Pelonomi to near revolt.   

It should be borne in mind that FS Health has been stalling on setting up an Employee Wellness Programme that at this point would be taking up action to counsel the affected health workers. We demand a swift action to realize this programme.

Organised labour and management managed to reach consensus on the plan of action moving forward to prevent similar incidents in future. 

It pleases us to know that the rapist was caught and has now been admitted for surgery.

To show that health professionals took an oath not to discriminate any patient, they will ensure that he is well cared for. 

However who then cares for the health workers, NO ONE. 

It is also important to mention that employer indicated counselling would be offered to all affected health workers.

We further condemn the circulating naked pictures of the private parts of the perpetrator.

Nobility and professionalism should prevail at all times.

High morale high dignity

End 

Issued by DENOSA Free State 

For more information, contact: 

Matshidiso Dipudi, Acting Provincial Secretary – 071 685 5653 

Sonwabo Qinisa, Full-time Shop Steward – 071 676 3644