Expose criminals, says MEC after attack on KZN paramedics

2016-03-11 12:01

Durban – KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo has called on people to stop harbouring criminals after two paramedics were robbed and beaten.

The paramedics were recovering after being assaulted and robbed while trying to find a sick woman in the Nhlungwane area in Inanda, north of Durban, on Wednesday.

The two, aged 52 and 48, responded to a call to help a 34-year-old woman suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting. While en route, a group of people flagged them down. Five men accosted them. The driver tried to run for help, but fell. Both paramedics were beaten with blunt objects.

Dhlomo said he was shocked by the senseless act.

"This type of behaviour thwarts our efforts and ability to respond speedily to incidents in order to save lives. These paramedics left what they were doing to attend to a woman who was sick. However, they could not get to her, and no-one knows whether she made it through the night.

"It’s time for us as society to take a long, hard look in the mirror and ask ourselves how much longer we can continue to harbour such criminals in our midst."

He called for them to be exposed and subjected to the full might of the law.

"We really cannot afford to have a situation whereby our staff members are unable to discharge their life-saving duties freely, without having to worry about being attacked," he said.

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