Three paramedics of the City of Johannesburg Emergency Management Services (EMS) were held at gunpoint and robbed while attending to a patient in Yeoville, Johannnesburg early today.
EMS spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said: “While the crew was busy treating the patient in the patient compartment of the ambulance, one armed man came from nowhere and pointed a firearm at them and demanded all their belongings, including their wallets and cellphones.”
The paramedics handed the items over to the suspect and the man fled.
Mulaudzi confirmed that there were no injuries to the medics and they were receiving counselling, North Eastern Tribune reported.
Mulaudzi added EMS has had an increase in the number of incidents where paramedics have been robbed while rendering their vital services to the community.
“We condemn in the strongest terms this barbaric behaviour by these criminals, and urge members of our communities in the city of Johannesburg to protect us as emergency services personnel while doing what we do best – saving the lives and properties of the citizens of the city,” said Mulaudzi.
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health Jack Bloom was appalled by the incident.
“I am appalled by the reported incident of three paramedics of the City of Johannesburg Emergency Management Services (EMS) who were held at gunpoint and robbed while attending to a patient in Yeoville,” added Bloom.
He said it seems that nothing is sacred anymore when people saving lives are attacked in an ambulance. There has been an increase in such incidents according to Johannesburg EMS, which highlights the need for great law enforcement in general.”
In a separate incident, three paramedics were held at gunpoint during the early hours of the morning while trying to save the life of a five-year-old girl in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, last year.
– Caxton News Service