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Cape Town paramedic accused of hijacking ambulance

A Cape Town paramedic will appear in court on Monday accused of hijacking an ambulance.

The 31-year-old from Khayelitsha‚ who works in Mitchells Plain‚ handed himself over to police on Saturday and will appear in Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court.

Police spokesman Constable Noloyiso Rwexana said the hijacking happened outside Khayelitsha fire station at 11pm on Friday‚ while two paramedics were treating a patient in the ambulance.

“Two suspects armed with knives entered the ambulance. The driver of the ambulance fought back and managed to escape to get assistance‚” she said. The patient was also removed from the ambulance.

“The suspects took the ambulance and drove it to D Block in Site C. They robbed the remaining paramedic of her cellphones and left the ambulance‚ fleeing from the scene.

“The paramedic drove the ambulance back to the fire station and reported the matter to police.”

Rwexana said the second hijacking suspect was still being sought.

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