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ambulanceTimesLIVE reports that three Cape Town ambulance staff members are receiving trauma counselling and have been booked off work after they were robbed at gunpoint while on their way to pick up patients.  

The trio, a male and two women, was driving to the Khayelitsha community health centre at around 11am on Monday when three assailants flagged the ambulance down and then held them up with a gun.  A spokesperson for the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) said two of the assailants flanked the vehicle from both the passenger and driver's sides while one stood in front of the vehicle with a gun pointed at the staff and “began to threaten the officials”.  The assailants demanded that the officials hand them their wallets and cellphones.  The male official was slapped after he begged the suspects to take the cash from his wallet, but to leave the wallet and his identification document behind.  The incident was reported to the police, and the area where it occurred has now been declared a temporary red zone area.  Dr Shaheem de Vries, EMS director, strongly condemned the high frequency of attacks on ambulance staff in the Western Cape and said:  “Although there are no serious physical injuries in most cases, these attacks leave EMS officials severely traumatised.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Sipokazi Fokazi at TimesLIVE

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