Man stabs mother, paramedic to death with spear

2011-05-16 00:00

A MAN thought to be mentally disturbed was shot dead by police in Estcourt after he attacked his family, killing his mother and a paramedic who had been called out to treat the injured.

Paramedic Michael Mazibuko (45) was stabbed about 10 times with a spear as he tried to treat the man’s father and mother on Saturday afternoon.

Police shot the man after he stabbed an officer.

They have not released the name of the attacker.

The Witness was reliably informed that the man attacked his mother by stabbing her with a spear.

His father tried to rescue her and he was the next victim.

A neighbour who intervened was also stabbed.

Emergency Medical Rescue Ser­vices (EMRS) provincial general manager Nkateko Sithole said that when the EMRS life support officers arrived and saw the condition of the injured, they called Mazibuko, an intermediate life support officer.

While Mazibuko was attending to the wounded mother, the man came charging at them, slitting his mother’s throat and killing her instantly.

The man then jumped on Mazibuko, stabbing him about 10 times with the spear.

When police arrived, the man also charged at them. They shot him dead after he stabbed an officer.

Said Sithole, “The scenes our members attend to are not secured. It would be better if, whenever we respond to scenes, we do so with police, but they also have their own duties.

“It is therefore the community’s responsibility to protect us because we go out to help them.”

It is not clear whether the man was on medication or what could have triggered his behaviour, but it is thought that he may have been smoking whoonga.

A senior official with Town Hill Psychiatric Hospital, who asked not to be named, said the man’s behaviour could have been triggered by a number of things, from failing to take treatment to using drugs like dagga or whoonga.

“A patient can also get aggressive when demanding money to buy drugs, but we cannot know for sure what triggered his behaviour as he is dead.

“If he was alive he would have been taken to the forensic unit at Fort Napier Psychiatric Hospital for observation,” said the official.

She said that when mental institutions release patients to their families, all parties are counselled and the dangers of using drugs while taking treatment are outlined.

Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonle Vincent Mdunge said an inquest docket on the man’s death has been opened.

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