The nursing student sex orgy that reportedly took place in a KwaZulu-Natal children's ward was condemned by the SA Nursing Council today. A daily newspaper reported that two female and three male trainee nurses were expelled after a mother comforting her sick child raised the alarm.

Unsettled by the "huffing and puffing", she reported that she had witnessed the student nurses engaging in group sex at the Charles Johnson Memorial Hospital in Nquthu in northern KwaZulu-Natal a few days before Christmas. When the mother complained to them she was told that having sex could not be new to her and the group continued.

"This behaviour of persons who are training to enter the nursing profession is considered to be highly unacceptable," the council said in a statement. "Nursing is a noble profession and the conduct of members of the nursing profession should at all times be professional and exemplary."

Students placed in clinical facilities were required to work under the supervision of a registered nurse and the hospital and nursing school, in this case the Sakhisizwe Private Nursing School. They were to ensure students working with patients were properly supervised.

The council would investigate the incident as well as the people who did not take necessary precautions to prevent the incident, it said. A hospital investigation confirmed that the group did have sex in front of patients and after a suspension and a disciplinary hearing by the school, the students were expelled. They have appealed the expulsion.