Mom dies after protesters block ambulance

2012-05-11 10:05

Mahikeng - A woman has died in the North West province after the ambulance that was transporting her was held up by protesters in a service delivery march.

Beeld reported that the woman was rushed from a clinic in Ganyesa to a hospital in Vryburg for urgent treatment following labour. Part of her placenta had not been removed during childbirth, resulting in a life-threatening situation.

People protesting against poor service delivery in the area held up the ambulance for nearly two hours, during which the woman died.

Her baby is alive and healthy. 

North West MEC for health, Dr Magome Masike, condemned the incident, saying no matter how angry communities were, ambulances could not be stopped.

“We deliver essential services in situations of life and death.” 

  • Matthew.and.Denise - 2012-05-11 10:26

    I hope that the government will take care of the babies needs and cover all costs up to the age of 25?

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-05-11 10:31

    Well then, they, or the union associated must be charged with manslaughter

  • Peter-Peter - 2012-05-11 10:34

    Déjà vu? isn't this the same story from a few days ago?

  • koo.doyle - 2012-05-11 10:35

    Charge them all with murder.

  • sonja.oosthuizen.5 - 2012-05-11 11:01

    Totally disgusting! They should all be charged with murder!

  • ewanvb - 2012-05-11 11:05

    Please lay charges of voluntary manslaughter against the organizers of the protest. A woman lost her life because of these individuals that have no respect for life or the rights of others.

  • rosiegracebrooks - 2012-05-11 11:06

    Bunch of lazy, selfish, greedy idiots. They want better service delivery so they protest by stopping people from giving service delivery, which is exactly what they are protesting! The lot of them should be thrown in jail for murder.

  • edward.herbst - 2012-05-11 11:09

    This is tragic because the very services that they were protesting about includes emergency services and every other service provided by the government. It is ironic that the people protesting were them self to blame for the medical service provided by the government being delayed and caused the death of an innocent person. There are certain essential services which should continue operating regardless weather there are strike action or not, because the community relies on these services and if there are issues within these departments it is then up to the unions to handle the issues in a responsible manner which allows for continuation .and not mob rule and civil disturbance which is more and more the case in SA. it seems to me that these unions are fighting for their own pocket and politics and not for the secure future of their members. even if you sue it will not bring any one back . the people are the ones who determine our society. the values of the people in our country i believe have a higher standard , but we allow ourselves to be led like sheep instead of thinking for our self and making decisions basedt on what is morally right. somewhere along the road we have all lost the plot .. how sad

  • Alaina - 2012-05-11 11:27

    Where were the police?! Why didn't the ambulance drive slowly past them until they were forced to move out the way?! Disgraceful- an innocent woman has died because of selfish morons and an incompetent government. They deserve not to have their services now.

  • lskosana3 - 2012-05-11 11:48

    To stoop SO low so as to block an ambulance that's trying to save a mother's life?? They should all be charged with murder those animals!

  • brionyl.french - 2012-05-11 12:56

    at leats the ambulance arrived

  • Smoke.ZN - 2012-05-11 14:27

    RIP... so sad... and so close to mothers day...

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