Paramedics attacked in ambulance

2012-04-25 11:00

Cape Town - Two paramedics have been traumatised by an attack on their ambulance during a callout to Masiphumelele township outside Cape Town on Monday night.

The Cape Argus reported that the male and female paramedic responded to a reported drug overdose at about 02:00 on Tuesday morning.

The paramedics were not identified.

While treating the patient in the ambulance, a group of about five men got into the vehicle and sprayed them with pepper spray.

The male paramedic jumped out to get help but was overpowered by the men and assaulted. His cellphone and ambulance key were taken.

EMS spokesperson Keri Davids said these incidents were unfortunately frequent.

She said the paramedics were traumatised and in shock and both were receiving trauma counselling.

  • David - 2012-04-25 11:11

    Wow - what next. Wonder if they were looking for drugs?

      sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-04-25 11:27

      Yes .... I think so .......but because our medical dept are in shambles I dont think any drugs are being carried by the medics

      Martin - 2012-04-25 11:35


      Peter-Peter - 2012-04-25 11:46

      I dont think that they will know how to use the other drugs in the vehicle...but give them a button and a bottle will mistaken them for Macgyver

      winston.mullany - 2012-04-25 11:49

      They most probably were but the twits obviously don't know that the ambulances actually don't carry any major drugs!

      gieljam.gomtor - 2013-02-06 18:31

      These thugs are so sly if they ever should be caught they will get away in court with it , saying it was a case of mistaken identity they were under the impression they where robbing a Coin security van..

  • JJ - 2012-04-25 11:14

    So unneccessary...attacking people who give their all to help the injured!! Senseless.

      Peter-Peter - 2012-04-25 11:48

      They attack firemen too...and the police...and farmers...the innocent...basically, if it has a heart and can feel pain...then KILL IT! ASSAULT IT! DESTROY IT!

      JJ - 2012-04-25 11:52

      Whoa...listen, I'm not attacking any race, just people who commit senseless crimes. So no, I don't agree with the comments above which seem to be pointed toward blacks but I do condemn this crime. I am black BTW

      Peter-Peter - 2012-04-25 12:01

      lol, JJ, neither are we...just stating the facts

      Felix - 2012-04-25 12:18

      @Bloodbane if you have ever spent some time in the eastern block you wouldn't be so sure. Stop promoting this racial crap and see the real problems for e.g. our decimated education system and racial politicking.

  • Juan - 2012-04-25 11:16

    maybe they didn't wanted the injured to be helped!!

  • betsy.compaan - 2012-04-25 11:20

    Eventually they won't go into the townships anymore. This is reaching a breaking point

  • sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-04-25 11:26

    That is totally unacceptable, are our people not safe from these flippen crims............ disgusting

  • Nigel - 2012-04-25 11:26

    yea, then they will wonder why the ambulances don't go there anymore, they will blame the DA.

  • winston.mullany - 2012-04-25 11:52

    Sad to see things kind of thing, the people who give so much and not even a thank you is required by the paramedic and these animals do this kind of thing!!

      winston.mullany - 2012-04-25 11:52

      Sad to see this kind of thing..not things...I'm a chop!!

  • Adil Smit - 2012-04-25 11:55

    And can't blame the Masiphumelele community if they find these criminals and give them some community justice.

  • Jimmy - 2012-04-25 12:10

    My mother would tend to patients on the Cape Flats during the 80's. A white nurse tending to the sick amongst the black and coloured communities with no problem. There used to be respect for these care givers. Where has it gone? As a paramedic myself, I stopped working on the ambulances because of what has happened to these paramedics and others. The net result is the people who need the help wont get it because of a few 'idiots'. And they want help when they get hurt. Not from me.

  • Lotus - 2012-04-25 12:12

    I blame this on the police.ultimately its their incompetence that led to people taking justice in their own now who know why this attack took place?we call them filthy pigs but perhaps they were the were helping the community to get rid of rampant drug abuse

  • Thokozani - 2012-04-25 12:14

    This we feel unsafe working at night is risk for us

  • Alfred - 2012-04-25 12:35

    And we all know that if the paramedics refused to go into that township at night, which I wouldn't blame them for doing, there'd be another category 5 with things burnt and stones thrown followed by an immediate outstretch of the begging bowl with a "poor me" sign attached to it. They obviously don't want paramedics there, let them go to their sangoma the next time someone gets hit by a taxi.

  • Mike - 2012-04-25 12:44

    The emergency services should refuse to go back into Masiphumelele until the comunity hand over these thugs - dead or alive

      Mark - 2012-04-25 13:18

      Totally agree. Emergency Services should only go to communities that appreciate and protect them. WTF!!!

      Christine - 2012-04-25 16:20

      Yes! I agree 100%

  • Marion - 2012-04-25 13:03

    These people try to save lives (at least those who get to the scene on time) and then they are assaulted. Recall one case where female paramedic(s) raped.

  • peter.norma - 2012-04-25 13:29

    These animals should be shot on sight!

      Glenda - 2012-04-28 18:59

      Don't include animals. They are humans animals are better!!!!

  • J.A.Rademan - 2012-04-25 13:54

    The don't respond to those areas. Easy as that !!

  • hamann.designer - 2012-04-25 14:43

    Sad to note that crime and wrot in this country prevents saving lives, prevents finding jobs, prevents education and presents South Africa to potential investors to be nothing better then Zimbabwe. Non-striking workers are stripped naked forced to run down the road and be assaulted, there is no society anywhere in the world (save Africa) where barbaric behavior like this is accepted. And then, we have Julius to top the cake!

  • Kate - 2012-04-25 20:14

    Since 2004 there have been a total of 107 246 reported cases of robbery with aggrevated circumstances in the Western Cape.

  • Clint Sauls - 2015-06-08 19:05

    This is a regular occurance where ambulance crews are being robbed nd assaulted. To date nothing has been done

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