Bloemfontein - A 32-year-old man from Bronville appeared briefly in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on Friday on a charge of attempted rape, Free State police said.
The case was postponed to June 14 for further investigation. This followed an incident at Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein where the suspect, posing as a patient, allegedly tried to sexually assault a 24-year-old student Doctor at about 11.50pm on Tuesday night, the South African Police Service (SAPS) said in a statement.
During the incident, the doctor managed to overpower the suspect and bit off a part of his tongue in the process. The suspect then ran away. He was traced and arrested at another local hospital where he went to seek medical treatment and was arrested. He was remanded in custody pending his next court appearance, SAPS said in the statement.
Earlier, the Health and Other Services Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) and the South African Medical Association (SAMA) condemned the attempted rape of a doctor.
Hospersa called for strong action against the alleged perpetrator and for new Health Minister Zweli Mkhize to urgently address the poor state of safety and security management at public health institutions in the country.