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ambulanceNews24 reports that two paramedics were robbed at gunpoint in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, on Tuesday morning.  

City of Johannesburg EMS spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said the paramedics had just picked up a patient in Second Street at around 02:00, and had started driving when two armed men confronted them and forced them to stop.  Their wallets and cellphones were tkaen.  The paramedics and the patient were not physically injured, but were very traumatised, Mulaudzi said.  "I can safely confirm that all 1,500 EMS staff, including fire fighters and paramedics, are very much traumatised.  It affects them.  You can imagine: They must report for duty tonight and they wonder if they will be attacked," said Mulaudzi.  Western Cape paramedics no longer enter certain suburbs in the City of Cape Town without a police escort as a result of attacks on them.

  • Read this report by Jenni Evans in full at News24

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