Mbalula condemns 'barbaric' ambulance attack resulting in boy's death

2017-11-10 17:21
Faigon Wildschut died after the ambulance in which he was travelling came under attack, delaying his journey to hospital. (Supplied)

Faigon Wildschut died after the ambulance in which he was travelling came under attack, delaying his journey to hospital. (Supplied)

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Johannesburg – Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula has condemned the "barbaric" attack on emergency medical service (EMS) personnel which led to the death of an eight-year-old boy.

Faigon Wildschut died hours after the ambulance he was being transported in was stoned, forced off the road and ambushed by robbers near Borcherds Quarry.

"This is barbaric to say the least, we have lost ubuntu as people, due to criminal greed, and as a result, we have lost a life of an innocent child," Mbalula said in a statement on Friday.

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The boy died after being offloaded into another ambulance following the robbery. The suspects took several items from the vehicle, he said.

Mbalula called on law enforcement to police the highway. He also urged communities residing along the N2 to assist officers.

"While the settlement of communities along freeways is the consequence of poor settlement design, our responsibility in law enforcement is safety of all citizens.

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"I am instructing our police to hunt down these low life criminals, our law enforcement agencies must make an example out of them to teach many," he said.

Parliament's Select Committee on Social Services has also condemned the increasing attacks EMS personnel while they are on duty.

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