Stabbing victim dies while waiting for transport to hospital

2015-08-09 15:44
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Mthatha - A 19-year-old stab victim died at his home in rural Dutywa while his family desperately tried to organise transport to take him to hospital, Eastern Cape police said on Sunday.

“The family was trying to... get a private vehicle. Unfortunately he died before the transport arrived,” said Captain Jackson Manatha.

“Here in the rural areas, we don’t have these ambulances… We make use of our own private transport. If you are going to wait for ambulances, you will wait for two hours,” said Manatha.

The teenager had been involved in a quarrel with another man, aged 25, while they were walking home following a circumcision ceremony at Ngonyama Location in Mputi Village on Saturday night.

The victim was stabbed in the upper body. He survived the attack and another man took him to his house. It was here that his family tried to organise transport to get him treatment.

Manatha said the man’s home was in a “deep, deep rural area” which had exacerbated the difficulty of obtaining medical treatment.

The 25-year-old has been arrested in connection with the murder. He will appear in the Dutywa Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

The Eastern Cape health department however said it “cannot be true” that ambulances were not available in rural areas.

“It is very unfair to government for people to fail to save a life by assuming an ambulance would take more than two hours,” said provincial departmental spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo.

“In May, we handed over 178 new ambulances and we have three helicopters.  In April we employed 720 ambulance practitioners,” he said.

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