Sama Chairperson Dr Mvuyisi Mzukwa Brutally Stabbed Near Durban Airport, Drives Himself to Hospital

Sama Chairperson Dr Mvuyisi Mzukwa Brutally Stabbed Near Durban Airport, Drives Himself to Hospital

  • South African Medical Association chairperson Dr Mvuyisi Mzukwa was attacked by knife-wielding assailants on Saturday, 20 August
  • Dr Mzukwa drove himself to the nearest hospital while bleeding and in pain from multiple stab wounds to the chest
  • The incident occurred near King Shaka International Airport when Mzukwa was on his way home from a South African Medial Association board meeting

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Dr Mvuyisi Mzukwa
Dr Mvuyisi Mzukwa was stabbed while on his way home. Mzukwa drove himself to the nearest hospital to receive medical attention. Image: Nomawele Njongo/Facebook & Reza Estakhrian/Getty Images
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DURBAN - Chairperson of the South African Medical Association (Sama), Dr Mvuyisi Mzukwa, sustained multiple stab wounds after being attacked while driving home from King Shaka International Airport in Durban on Saturday, 20 August.

When the incident occurred, Dr Mzukwa was on his way home from a Sama board meeting. Mzukwa drove himself to the hospital after the attack, a move that Deputy Health Minister Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo said may have saved Mzukwa’s life.

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TimesLIVE reported that Dhlomo visited Dr Mzukwa in a Durban hospital on Sunday and said that Mzukwa is recovering well.

Dhlomo said he was uplifted to see Mzukwa in recovery and praised Mzukwa for heroically driving himself to the nearest hospital while bleeding and in pain, IOL reported.

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Dhlomo said:

“Had he waited a bit longer, his condition could have deteriorated.”

Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health Dr Kenneth Jacobs says the committee condemns the attack and calls on drivers to be cautious on the roads as criminals are becoming increasingly ruthless with each passing day.

Mzukwa has been stabilised and is recovering in the intensive care unit.

South Africans react

South Africans have sent the doctor well wishes on social media, but some are concerned about the lack of safety in South Africa.

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Here are some comments:

@sigubude posted:

“He was fortunate to survive.”

@shiz_miz exclaimed:

“We are in a war zone.”

@Ziggy_152 added:

“No this is cruellest act, SA is not a safe country. I pray for his healing.”

@sydneyntantiso commented:

“Nonsense of a country, no one is safe, literally. Any day could be your last.”

Eastern Cape teen stabs police officer in self-defence during sexual assault, officer to be arrested soon

Previously, Briefly News reported that a teenage girl from a small seaside village outside East London reportedly stabbed a police officer who allegedly assaulted her in his office at the police station.

The assault took place last Monday, 8 August, at the Kei Mouth police station on the evening before Women’s Day.

News24 reported that the police officer went to the young girl's house to fetch her to discuss a case she had opened against her boyfriend.

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