375 Picketing civil servants look on as an ambulance rushes inside Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in Soweto. 030910. Picture: Bongiwe Mchunu

A nurse committed suicide at Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in Johannesburg, the Gauteng health department said on Monday.

“Around lunch time yesterday (Sunday), other students noted that Musawakhe Mazibuko, a third year male student nurse, was planning to commit suicide and they called internal security personnel immediately,” spokesman Sello Mokoena said.

They called the police, including a negotiator, paramedics, the nursing manager on duty and Musawakhe's sister Thandeka, after he asked to see her.

The 24-year-old jumped from a 12th floor window.

Gauteng health MEC Ntombi Mekgwe sent her condolences to the Mazibuko family.

“Our prayers are with you during this difficult time and we will continue to ask the Lord to give you strength to deal with your loss.” -

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