Paramedic allegedly attacked by patient.

Clinton Makgabo alleges he was attacked by a patient.

BURGERSFORT – A paramedic alleges he was assaulted and racially abused by one of his patients who was involved in an accident on the R37 last Friday.According to Clinton Makgabo, from P5 EMS, he responded to an accident scene along with his colleagues at about 23:45, at Ga Mashamothane Village just next to the Kabu Car Wash.”At the scene, I found three vehicles; a Nissan NP200, a Toyota Hilux, as well as a VW Citi Golf. Only two people were injured, a white guy in the Golf and a black guy in the Nissan,” Makgabo said.According to the paramedic, when he arrived at the scene there were a group of people who wanted to attack the driver of the Golf, as they accused him of negligent and drunken driving.”They said he was racing with another motorist, who sped off after realising they had caused an accident. I managed to take him away from the crowd and convinced him to enter the ambulance. We wanted to rush him to the hospital,” said Makgabo.Makgabo added,”Along the way, I asked him permission to put in some drips (intravenous fluids), but he aggressively refused and told me he did not want to be helped by a bobbejaan.”Makgabo told Steelburger/Lydenburg News when they arrived at the Dilokong Hospital, he tried to help his colleagues take the patient out of the EMS car.”I was shocked as he started headbutting me and attacking me with fists. I thought he was injured and did not think he was going to attack me,” he said.The newspaper visited Dilokong and spoke to two security guards who both confirmed the incident. “We saw a white guy attacking one of the paramedics at the reception, and we stopped him. We don’t know what led to the attack,” the officers said.Steelburger/Lydenburg News also visited the accused’s workplace. “He is not available, as he is still recovering from the injuries. We cannot give away his contacts and addresses,” said his employer.

Limpopo police spokesman, Lt Col Moatshe Ngoepe, advised Makgabo to open a case at the nearest police if he felt he was assaulted or racially abused.

Gilbert Motseo

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