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First on EWN: Slack security at Helen Joseph Hospital exposed

EWN probed security measures at the hospital after a women was brutally attacked on the night shift.

FILE. EWN probed security measures at the hospital after a women was brutally attacked on the night shift. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has tested the security at the Helen Joseph Hospital, after a woman was attacked, robbed and left for dead in a room in what's been described as a brutal assault on Friday night.

The woman was reportedly assaulted shortly after arriving at work for the night shift.

According to relatives, she was cornered in the room, strangled and electrocuted.

It's unclear how the attacker managed to gain access to the fourth floor at night.

The victim, who works for the National Health Laboratory Service and draws blood from patients, was discharged from the Milpark Hospital late on Tuesday afternoon, after spending three nights there.

Despite claims by the Gauteng Health Department that security at the hospital has been increased since the incident, EWN was easily able to gain access and leave the premises on Tuesday without being searched.

Some nurses and staff members say they're afraid to work without adequate security in light of the assault of their colleague.

A woman who refused to be identified, for fear of victimisation, says everyone on the fourth floor is terrified by what happened to their colleague and claim it's not the first time there's been such an incident.

"Where she works in that little office is so dangerous to be alone there, even a man cannot work there. It's too dangerous to work there. There's no security on any floor."

Most people EWN spoke to were still unaware of the crime on Tuesday, which raises questions about whether or not management has informed staff.

EWN 's investigation also revealed that the hospital only has CCTV cameras on ground floors and the administration building, but there was no sign of any on the fourth floor, where the incident took place.

Nurses at the Helen Joseph Hospital say they now work in fear.

A woman who also declined to be named for fear of reprisal, says the incident has rattled everyone.

"It's so sad. I myself don't know what to do. I am forever crying because I am thinking that one day it will be me. We don't know who this person is, who did this to this lady. There is no security at all at Helen Joseph Hospital, I am 101% worried."

Meanwhile, Gauteng Health MEC Quedani Mahlangu has assured staff at the hospital that security measures have been stepped-up and will be reviewed for the future.

Mahlangu says they're looking into the assault case.

"Management has taken extra precautionary measures by employing extra security guards. As a control area they've also changed the locks and put measures in place to ensure the place is secured."

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