Paramedics crew was attacked in Winterveld, north of Tshwane, on the evening of Sunday 29 March, with Gauteng provincial government disapproving the attack on South Africa’s frontline in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.
The crew included three staff members who were allegedly going to give Coronavirus patients medical attention.
They were not harmed during the commotion, but the attack has raised the anger of the provincial government who are worried sick about the safety of its health staff from two threats, the coronavirus pandemic and now crime too.
“Our Gauteng Emergency Medical Services team in an ambulance from ODI base was held up at gunpoint. Thankfully the team is unharmed,” the department said in a statement.
“Two males approached the open ambulance door while the crew was busy sighting an IV line for the patient. The two produced a gun.”
Gauteng health MEC Bandile Masuku said he is very worried about the dangers being created to medical workers during the lockdown and alerted that if their safety continues to be threatened, their efforts would have to be withdrawn from affected areas.
“You cannot attack the same people who are there to help you. If they [the public] don’t protect our health workers, we will have to withdraw from those areas.”