The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) has expressed concern about security at state hospitals, saying criminals are targeting these institutions more frequently.
A nurse was held hostage by a knife-wielding man at George Hospital on Sunday.
The 24-year-old man was arrested shortly thereafter.
Denosa’s provincial secretary Bongani Lose has demanded an investigation.
“What we’re hoping will happen is that the government will investigate the incident and make sure that the security breach does not happen again,” he said.
The health department has not yet commented.