GAUTENG – The Gauteng Department of Health (GDoH) has advised members of the public who need to access health care services at the Tembisa Hospital today to visit nearby health facilities as the hospital remains inaccessible following a fatal shooting incident that has left both patients and staff members in shock.
Patients currently admitted at the facility continue to receive care. The public will be notified when the facility reopens later today.
After 08:00 this morning, a 30-year-old police officer entered the hospital driving a state vehicle with blue lights on and parked at the Accident and Emergency Department’s parking lot. The man then called his 30-year-old partner who was on duty at the time to come to the parking lot. Upon arrival, the police officer opened fire on the Enrolled Nursing Assistant and turned the gun on himself.
Gauteng Health Department said unfortunately, the nurse died on the scene, while the police officer is currently in a critical condition.
TEMBISA HOSPITAL TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOLLOWING FATAL
SHOOTING INCIDENT pic.twitter.com/uBpTeYQyFh
— Gauteng Health (@GautengHealth) February 9, 2022
“Given the tragic incident, the Tembisa Hospital is currently not in a position to receive the public into the facility and is diverting calls to nearby facilities. This allows the police to work on the scene of the incident and for the debriefing and counselling of both staff and patients,” Gauteng health statement read.