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Hospital guards attacked

Five people have been arrested after security guards on duty at Middleburg Provincial Hospital were allegedly shot at by guards from another company on Thursday 21 July 2022. Police spokesperson Brig Selvy Mohala said no one was hospitalized, but one guard was treated for injuries and discharged. “It is further alleged that rubber bullets were used,” said Mohlala. He also said the matter was reported to the police in Middleburg and five suspects between the ages of 26 and 40 were arrested.

The charges include discharging a firearm in a public space and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and the police said to be looking at probing the allegations during the incident. The motive is yet to be established and the suspects are expected to appear in court soon. Mpumalanga police commissioner lieutenant General Semakeleng Daphney Manamela condemned the incident, adding the duty of members of the security cluster is to maintain peace. “The behavior displayed at the hospital can never be tolerated or accepted, especially coming from security officers or any officer of the law. Instead, members of the security cluster should be exemplary in their conduct. We hope that the law will take its course” Said Manamela.

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