DURBAN – Two medics are scheduled to appear in court today after being found in possession of personal items of deceased patients.
Police said the two men are employed in private hospitals, one in Berea and the other in Umhlanga,
KwaZulu-Natal SAPS spokesperson Col. Thembeka Mbele said a businessman notified police after noticing money being used from a joint business account, he shared with his business partner who had been admitted to hospital.
“According to the complainant, he noticed that his partner’s card was being used while he was in the hospital.
“The card was still in use even after his death,” Mbele said.
She said the first withdrawal was made at Berea hospital.
“The video footage was not clear enough and the Umbilo SAPS investigator continued to investigate the matter.
“The officer visited one of the stores where a purchase was made and then went to another store in Glenwood where video footage helped confirm that the card was used by the first accused who carried the uniform, ”Mbele said.
The nurse was arrested and some of the items he purchased were recovered.
The suspect told police the card was with his friend, who is the second accused in the case.
Mbele said the second suspect was also caught. She said it was not the nurse’s first contact with the law.
“He was arrested on other cases of theft and fraud and is wanted by the Cape Town police for fraud.
“The second nurse has also been arrested previously for fraud,” Mbele said.
She said the bank card PIN was stored in the deceased’s cell phone – which was later picked up from a second-hand phone shop on Mahatma Gandhi (Point) Road in Durban.