Joburg paramedics robbed at gunpoint while assisting patient

2016-01-29 21:00
(Joe Stolley, News24)

(Joe Stolley, News24)

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Johannesburg - Three paramedics were held up at gunpoint and robbed while attending to a patient in Yeoville, Johannesburg, in the early hours of Friday morning, the city's emergency services said.

"While the crew were busy treating the patient in the patient compartment of the ambulance, one armed man came from nowhere, pointed the ‎firearm at them and demanded all their belongings, including their wallets, [and] cellphones," spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said.

"They handed them over to him and the man ran off."

No one was hurt in the incident which happened around 02:00.

Mulaudzi said the paramedics were receiving counselling and a case had been reported at the Yeoville police station.

He said there had been an escalation in the number of incidences where paramedics were being robbed while working.

"They serve on a monthly basis, not only within the city of Johannesburg, but all over the country.

"We condemn in the strongest terms this barbaric behaviour by these criminals and urge members of our communities within the city of Johannesburg to protect us as emergency services personnel while doing what we do best saving lives and properties of the citizens of the city," Mulaudzi said.

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