Paramedics suspended after leaving 'racist road rage' scene

2014-11-13 15:28
(File: Netcare 911)

(File: Netcare 911)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Netcare 911 has suspended two paramedics for leaving the scene of an alleged racist road-rage accident in Johannesburg, a spokesperson said on Thursday.

"The two paramedics who left the scene of a road-rage incident on Saturday afternoon were suspended from duty after management was given access by The Star to a video filmed at the scene by a member of the public," said Netcare managing director Noeleen Phillipson.

"It is against our company protocols and values for paramedics to prematurely leave the scene of an incident unless there is a very good reason for them to do so."

Netcare declined to comment on racism allegations levelled against the paramedics, or say if they would face a disciplinary hearing.

It was also not clear why they were suspended for leaving the scene, rather than for not attending to the injured man.

The Star reported earlier that the two employees attended a scene where a white motorist had allegedly attacked a black motorist with an axe on the N1 near the Beyers Naude off-ramp.

The white paramedics were reportedly accused of attending to the uninjured white attacker, while not checking on the injured black victim, who was bleeding from axe wounds on his head.

Phillipson would not comment on this allegation, but said Netcare did not discriminate against anyone.

"We wish to give the assurance that Netcare 911 does not discriminate against individuals on any basis," she said.

"This is evidenced by the fact that in the past year alone Netcare 911 has assisted close on 6 000 indigent patients."

News report

The Star reported that before Netcare watched the video footage it claimed the paramedics left the scene because a crowd threatened them.

The newspaper quoted Phillipson as confirming that the victim received medical attention.

"In fact, the senior paramedic attended to the victim with the head and upper-arm injury, and her junior colleague rendered assistance to the second individual," Phillipson reportedly said.

According to the newspaper, a bystander took a video clip at the scene and tried to give it to Netcare to watch. It reportedly showed that the paramedics did not attend to the victim.

The Star claimed Netcare's general manager Shalen Ramduth failed to arrive for a meeting to obtain the video.

The newspaper then sent the footage to Netcare. Less than an hour after sending the footage the two paramedics were suspended, it was reported.

Phillipson said she could not comment on these allegations.

"A full investigation is under way and we will take appropriate action once the investigation has been concluded," she said.

Read more on:    netcare 911  |  johannesburg  |  crime  |  road rage

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

How much food do you need to concentrate?

We have been taught that we need three meals a day in order to make it through the day and while most of us indulge in more than our fair share there is a large portion of South Africans who are living off barely enough to sustain them.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.