Senseless attack on security guard | 5 arrested

A security guard who was shot by another guard is fighting for his life in hospital. The guard was on duty at the Middelburg Provincial Hospital when he was attacked by an alleged group of other security guards from another company.

The incident is said to have occurred on Thursday, 21 July 2022 in the afternoon. Police in Mpumalanga said no one was hospitalised during the incident however one guard was treated for injuries. Police said the victim has since been discharged from the hospital. It is further alleged that rubber bullets were used.

Provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said five suspects linked to the incident have been arrested.

The matter was reported to the police in Middelburg and so far five suspects aged between 26 and 40 have been arrested. The charges range from discharging a firearm in a public space and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. 

spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala

Mohlala said police are also looking at probing the allegations of a live round fired during the incident adding that the motive is yet to be established.

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The five suspects are expected to appear at the Middelburg Magistrate’s Court soon facing the said charges.

Mpumalanga Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has strongly condemned the incident.

The behaviour displayed at the hospital can never be tolerated or accepted especially coming from the security officers or any officer of the law. Instead, members of the security cluster should be exemplary in conduct. We hope that the law will take its course.

said Daphney Manamela