ambulanceWeekend Argus reports that paramedics have once again come under attack, with an EMS vehicle having been hijacked from an accident scene in Table View on Tuesday.

While on patrol in Steenberg, officers from the LEAP Reaction Unit saw a vehicle matching its description and driving at high speed. They gave chase, and the driver was arrested for being in possession of stolen property, drunk driving, reckless and negligent driving and resisting arrest. The suspect is being held at the Milnerton police station. The Western Cape Health Department’s Byron La Hoe pointed out that most attacks occurred in areas that have been identified as red zones. Last week, two ER24 medics were robbed at gunpoint on the R510 between Mogwase and Rustenburg, in the North West province. ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said the medics were transferring a critically ill patient along to his home from a hospital in Rustenburg when the patient’s vital signs began to diminish rapidly. The crew pulled the ambulance off to the side of the road and, while treating the patient, three armed men approached the ambulance, pulled open the door and robbed the medics of their personal belongings, as well as the patient’s belongings. An ER24 advanced life support paramedic stopped at the scene and noticed the ongoing robbery.   The three armed men then fled.


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