NATIONAL NEWS - A recent attack on provincial healthcare workers along the N1 has been strongly condemned by the Department of Health.
The staff, which included, two nurses and two emergency medical service (EMS) workers, were transporting four patients from Nkhensani and Maphutha Malatji hospitals in Mopani to George Mkhari Hospital, when their vehicle got a puncture.
According to a statement issued by the department, the driver stopped the vehicle to inspect the damage when he was confronted by two men with firearms.
“During the incident the thugs robbed the occupants, including the driver, of their bank cards, money, cellphones and other belongings.”
After the attack the crew manged to report the incident to the police. Spikes in the road were reportedly the cause of the puncture says the department. The incident has not yet been confirmed by the police.
In February, the national police warned motorists about metal spikes being placed on the highways and quiet roads after several incidents were reported of motorists stopping to inspect the damage to the wheels and then being attacked.
At the time, the metro police warned motorists to be extremely vigilant, especially when driving at night, reported Rekord.