A vaccination team in Soshanguve, northern Tshwane, was attacked by five gun-toting criminals and robbed of vaccination program equipment, including three tablets and a smartphone belonging to the government, as well as six smartphones belonging to the team of health-care personnel.
“The Gauteng department of health condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack on a Tshwane District vaccination team yesterday (Saturday) in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, at around 9 am.
“Five armed men who were in a white Toyota Quantum at Wonder City taxi rank in Soshanguve, robbed the vaccination team at gunpoint,” said Gauteng health spokesperson Kwara Kekana.
In a separate instance, Kekana said a truck belonging to the West Rand health district services was hijacked in Chamdor, Kagiso while transporting mobile site equipment and gazebos.
“The cases of robbery for both incidents have been opened at Soshanguve and Kagiso police stations,” she said.
“Fortunately no team members were harmed in both cases and counselling will be provided to the affected staff.”
The “senseless acts” occurred, according to Kekana, at a time when the province is scaling up the vaccine program by activating more vaccination locations around the province.
“Our healthcare workers remain the backbone of the health system, even during the pandemic, as they continue to play a pivotal role in terms of vaccination-programme rollout,” she said.
“We call on all members of society to work with law enforcement agencies and share any information they might have on the two incidents.”