Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi and police minister Bheki Cele will visit the Letaba Hospital in Limpopo on Friday after three doctors were shot at their residence on Thursday.
“The minister [Motsoaledi] regard this gustily act of criminality on health professionals and facilities whose responsibility is to provide sanctuary, comfort and help to the most vulnerable as a declaration of war on the state and its citizens,” departmental spokesperson Popo Maja said on Thursday evening.
“And even during moments of war, health facilities are usually spared from attacks. Hence this act is viewed as beyond being an ordinary act of criminality.”
Photographs of the crime scene show a broken window and what appeared to be blood and a discarded shoe in the living area of the residence.
One of the victims, a woman, was taken to hospital in a critical condition and was to undergo surgery. A two-month-old baby was unharmed during the shooting.
The provincial health department said in a series of tweets that witnesses reported that five heavily armed men speaking in a foreign language had carried out the robbery.