Stolen medical equipment case is postponed

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

A case of theft against a Mpumalanga ambulance driver and the owners of a private ambulance company has been postponed to March 20 for further investigations.

Matome Maboyi, 30, Jaco Horn, 40, and his wife Alida, 34, were not asked to plead when they appeared in the Nelspruit magistrates' court on Thursday.

The three were arrested last month after Maboyi allegedly stole emergency equipment worth more than R500000 and sold it to the Horns, who run a private ambulance business from Nelspruit.

Among other things, Maboyi is alleged to have stolen ECG monitors worth R130000, cervical collars and oxymeters from depots of the provincial department of health and social services.

Maboyi was arrested after attending to an accident scene where one of his colleagues saw the stolen equipment bearing the logo of the department of health and social services and alerted the authorities.

The police were called and on searching the premises of the private ambulance service, they discovered more equipment belonging to the department of health and social services.

The equipment had been stolen from Sabie and other depots in Mpumalanga. The police arrested the owners of the private ambulance service.

At that time, Mpho Gabashane, a spokesman for the department of health and social services, said the department had noted with concern that certain employees, acting out of greed, were frustrating the department's efforts to build an efficient medical service in the province.

"This arrest should send out a clear message that the government will leave no stone unturned in fighting crime," he said