Despicable to attack paramedics - DA

2016-01-04 16:34

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Johannesburg – The DA's Gauteng health spokesperson, Jack Bloom, said on Monday that he was horrified after an ambulance was hijacked in Tembisa last week.  

"It is utterly despicable that paramedics should be attacked and an ambulance stolen," Bloom said in a statement.   

The Gauteng Department of Health said in an earlier statement that two men had held paramedics at gunpoint and stolen an ambulance.

Spokesperson Steve Mabona confirmed that the hijacking occurred on Thursday morning, when provincial emergency services responded to a call for help.  

The suspects abandoned the ambulance after they crashed it into a nearby house. Neither the patient nor the paramedics were injured.

The ambulance was from a new fleet unveiled on December 6. 

"I am horrified at the reported hijacking of an ambulance by armed gunmen... I hope that police apprehend the hijackers as soon as possible," said Bloom.    

He urged the local community to assist in tracking down the perpetrators "who deserve a harsh sentence for their utterly inhumane act in attacking an essential medical service".

The department and the police could not immediately provide an update on the matter.


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