Approximately forty people sustained
various injuries this morning when they tried to access a church event at the
Tshwane Events Centre.
ER24 spokesperson Werner
Vermaak says “ER24 paramedics and various other services were called on the
scene after an alert was received that a stampede occurred at the venue. When
paramedics arrived on the scene they found forty people with various injuries.”
Local emergency services along
with law enforcement started assessing people in order to determine their
injuries. A woman believed to be in her 60’s, was found with severe pelvic
injuries. She was in a serious condition and rushed off to a nearby hospital for
further care. A man believed to be in his late 30’s, was found with severe knee
injuries and was also rushed off to a nearby hospital.
The remainder of the patients
on the scene were triaged and assessed by paramedics. Thirteen people were
transported to nearby hospital for injuries ranging from minor to moderate.
Several people indicated to
paramedics that a church event is held on the premises every Sunday and they
were gathering outside the closed gate when people started pushing from the
back to gain access.
The gate eventually burst open
and some people fell to the ground with other people falling and trampling over
them. The exact cause of the incident is not yet known.
ER24 resources from as far as
Johannesburg were dispatched to the scene to assist. Local authorities attended
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