Cops mistake patient for journalist
14 June 2013, 08:01
Johannesburg - The Pretoria hospital where former
president Nelson Mandela is receiving treatment, will investigate reports that
police harassed a cardiology patient, a spokesperson said on Thursday.
"Medi-Clinic is investigating the matter in question
with the SA Police Service [SAPS], and while we are respectful of their
important duty in this regard, we have to emphasise that all our patients are
our priority," Lee-Ann Bell said in a statement.
"To this end, we have systems in place at Medi-Clinic
Heart Hospital that have been successful in ensuring that neither our patients
nor their visitors, are unnecessarily inconvenienced while maintaining the
necessary levels of security."
Eyewitness News reported that Maxwell Mkhonto was
mistaken for a journalist at the hospital on Wednesday.
He said he was manhandled, searched and that his
cellphone was seized and photographs were deleted.
"I was not one of the journalists," Mkhonto
told the radio station.
He said he had rescheduled his next appointment hoping
the situation at the hospital would have returned to normal by then.
Mkhonto has reportedly not laid any charges against the
National police spokesperson Phuti Setati said he was
unaware of the incident and could, therefore, not comment.
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