MRS LINA COETZEE, 85, HOSPITALISED WITH A BROKEN HIP, WAS BRUTALLY BEATEN IN HER HOSPITAL BED AT POSTMASBURG GOVERNMENT HOSPITAL
POSTMASBURG government hospital, May 7 2011 – source: Die Ghaap newspaper - In a shocking racist assault, a black man walked into a women’s ward past the black patients, straight up to Afrikaner patient 85-year-old Mrs Lina Coetzee, and brutally beat her up. Her bruised face and bloodied pillow are silent testimony to the vicious assault. The frail old lady was brought to hospital that morning with a broken hip and was unable to defend herself.
Police more concerned about welfare of arrested assailant – and left without taking any witness statements:
One of the black male patients from an adjacent ward saved her: rushing to the old Afrikaner woman’s aid, grabbing the attacker from behind and restraining him by locking his arms around the assailant’s arms and upper body. Mrs Coetzee’s family members restrained the assailant of their beloved family matriarch until the police eventually bothered to show up.
The journalist of the local ‘Die Ghaap’ newspaper noted that there was no sign of any of the usualy security guards at the hospital and that it took the SA Police Force an extraordinarily long time to show up and arrest the assailant.
A family spokesman said: “The police showed much more concern about the welfare of the black assailant than they did towards the victim and asked lots of questions about the way he was arrested. They showed little interest in taking any statements from any of the witnesses on the ward.:
Mrs Coetzee’s family members said the behaviour of the police is unacceptable and inexplcable. Mrs Coetzee has meanwhile been transferred to a hospital in Kimberley, where she is being guarded 24/7 by family members. The doctor said while she is traumatised, she’s also strong – and hopes that she will recover from the traumatic assault, as a broken hip ‘; already is life-threatening for someone of her advanced years.