Hundreds of medical students in Johannesburg are staying away from local hospitals at night because of fear for their safety, after a fifth year student was raped at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, in Soweto township, this summer.
The hospital said it had increased security, but students maintain that they are not safe on the premises and have started a boycott of night duties.
Edward Ngwenya, medical student council chairman, said, “We are continuing to boycott night duty. Several of the issues we highlighted as problematic have yet to be addressed.”
Medical students often have to run errands for hospital staff to dark and secluded parts of hospital sites when working at night, and they say that this puts them at risk (www.sundaytimes.co.za).