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By unknown | Jul 10, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Riot Hlatshwayo

Riot Hlatshwayo

A Mpumalanga man is angry after paramedics transported a white patient and allegedly refused to move his injured cousin to hospital yesterday.

Vusi Maluka, of Agincourt near Bushbuckridge, said his cousin, Margaret Mashaba, was being transferred from a hospital in Delmas to N17 Private Hospital in Springs when the ambulance in which she was travelling was involved in a collision.

Mashaba had been involved in a road accident earlier and was taken to a hospital in Delmas together with her four siblings - Joanna, Rirhandzu, Abednego and Sipho.

Maluka said an ambulance took Abednego and Sipho to Delmas Hospital. Rirhandzu and Joanna were taken to Witbank Hospital.

Margaret was put in another ambulance that was to transport her to N17 Private Hospital. But the ambulance did not reach its destination because it and a bakkie collided on its way to the hospital.

"Another ambulance arrived but the paramedics decided to transport the white woman who was injured in the accident, and left my cousin sister behind," said Maluka.

He said Margaret was told another ambulance was on its way from Heidelberg to fetch her.

Maluka said the ambulance arrived two hours later.

"I think this is apartheid because if my cousin was also white those white paramedics would have transported her as well," he said.

He said he could identify the ambulance because he knew its registration. Mpumalanga emergency services could not be reached for comment.


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