Mpumalanga – The Hawks have arrested a nurse after he was allegedly found demanding money to perform an abortion when the procedure is normally done for free at public health facilities.
The provincial Department of Health has called for serious action to be taken against the nurse who worked at the SEAD Clinic in Bethal. The arrest was made on July 2.
It is alleged that a woman who wanted to terminate her pregnancy sought the service at the clinic. The nurse told her to pay R700. She reported it to the police, who then set a trap. The woman returned to the clinic with the money, all marked bills. After he took the cash, the Hawks swept in and took the man into custody.
Health MEC Sasekani Manzini says: “I am very disappointed [about] the illegal acts of the professional nurse. The department’s mandate is to serve the public with health services at no cost. We don’t have a policy [where people pay for] pregnancy termination.
"I would like to thank the patient who reported the matter for her bravery. What happened is seriously unacceptable and action must be taken if the employee is found guilty. We cannot allow such illegal acts to spread in our health facilities.”