Hospital officials suspended after life-threatening theft

DragonLogos

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http://www.theherald.co.za/herald/news/n04_28122006.htm

Health department spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said the general workers were caught by security guards on Friday with the copper cable in their possession.

And he revealed that the thieves‘ reckless cutting of pipes could have endangered patients‘ lives as the theft disrupted the flow of oxygen to operating rooms and the intensive care unit.

Kupelo said the three had not been arrested, but a criminal case had been opened. They had also been suspended. “Their disciplinary hearing will be held next year,” Kupelo said.

However, the arrests have done little to end the spate of copper wire theft that has plagued the hospital, as more wire was stolen on Saturday, the day after the employees were caught
 

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This seems to happen all the time. Clearly security can't be that great if they can just carry it off the premises.
 

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Kupelo said the three had not been arrested,,,,

However, the arrests have done little to end the spate of copper wire theft that has plagued the hospital
Ok, which is it :confused:

In times past you would be fired on the spot for helping yourself to office stationary, not anymore it seems and we still wonder why there are problems with theft.
We send the thieves the wrong message that crime pays in SA.
 
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