Two paramedics have been attacked near Blackheath, in Cape
Town. The crew was responding to an emergency at the Happy Valley informal
settlement early yesterday morning. It is the latest of several attacks on
medical personnel in the city in recent weeks.
The paramedics were ambushed by four armed men as they were
loading a patient into an ambulance. Emergency medical services’ Robert Daniels
says an official was stabbed and the vehicle vandalized.
The attackers demanded the crew’s personal valuables
including wallets, mobile phones and handbags and afterwards they stabbed the
paramedic with a broken bottle. The other paramedic was threatened with a knife
but fortunately not harmed.
The incident is the third assault on emergency medical
personnel in Cape Town in less than a month. Paramedics have also requested
police protection when entering gang-stricken areas like Hanover Park.
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