No one has yet been arrested in connection with the robbery at Mediclinic Durbanville in the Western Cape. Visitors and family members of patients were robbed of their valuables on Thursday evening.
Dr. Gerrit de Villiers, clinical head of Mediclinic South Africa, confirmed that a suspect gained access to the hospital around 19:00 on Thursday.
“The suspect was armed, but an eyewitness later determined that it was a toy gun (BB grant) was,” says De Villiers.
According to Sgt. Joseph Swartbooi, police spokesperson, a 38-year-old woman was busy on her mobile phone when the armed man robbed her of it.
“The suspect got away and in the process also robbed other visitors in the hospital,” confirms Swartbooi.
Authorities were immediately called to the facility and Mediclinic is now working with the police on the investigation.
No one was injured during the robbery and the necessary support and counseling will be offered to those affected by the incident, says De Villiers.
The motive for the robbery is being investigated and the suspect has not yet been caught.
The police in Durbanville are investigating a case of armed robbery. Anyone with more information that could lead to the suspect’s arrest can call the Stop Crime number on 08600 10111.
According to De Villiers, the hospital has introduced additional security measures to ensure the safety of everyone in the facility.