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ambulanceIndependent Media reports that two Johannesburg paramedics had to abandon their work when a patient they were treating turned on them and started attacking them.

The incident happened just after midnight on Tuesday. According to Gauteng Department of Health spokesperson Kwara Kekana, the two paramedics had gone to Vorna Valley Swiss Club after receiving a report about a stabbing incident. “Upon arrival on scene, the two paramedics found a male patient lying on the ground with stab wounds and immediately initiated treatment and care. While the paramedics were busy treating the patient, he (the patient) suddenly became aggressive and kicked the woman paramedic on her face and the male paramedic on the back of the head.” The paramedics could not continue treating the patient due to the injuries sustained, she said. Meantime on Saturday, twin baby boys and their parents burnt to death after a fire and rescue crew fled a scene of the fire after coming under attack from residents in Delft in the Western Cape. Community members attacked the crew while a Wendy house with people inside was on fire. Fearing for their safety, the crews returned to their various stations, only to return under police escort. Spokesperson Jermaine Carelse said he was not shocked the crews had left the area in fear for their lives, after they were directly threatened and verbally abused by residents.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Botho Molosankwe at Independent Media

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