Fire fighter shot while responding to call in Germiston, East Rand
An on-duty City of Ekurhuleni Disaster Management Services (DEMS) fire fighter, Rovhiwa Mohlola, sustained injuries after being shot while attending to an injured patient in Dukathole, Germiston. Rescue crews from Germiston Central Fire Station received a call at about 21h30 on Saturday night, 16 March 2019 and upon their arrival in Dukathole, a man was found lying on the road. He was declared dead by paramedics. While waiting for a law enforcement unit and other relevant stakeholders to arrive on the scene, a security guard from a nearby company approached the fire fighting team and alerted them to another patient who was lying in an open piece of land nearby.
William Ntladi, district manager media liaison for Ekurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Management Services (DEMS), said, “Upon their arrival on the second scene, rescue crews, accompanied by police officers, initiated pre-hospital medical treatment on the patient. Unfortunately the patient, who had multiple wounds, was also declared dead on the scene by the paramedics.”
The crew then waited for forensic pathologists to come and remove the body and while they were waiting, a group of men approached them. “The men started shooting randomly in the direction of the officials and a female fire fighter sustained a gunshot wound. The alleged perpetrators disappeared into the darkness of the informal settlement,” said Ntladi.
Extra resources were summoned to the scene and treatment was given to the injured fire fighter before she was transported to Netcare Union Hospital in Alberton, where she was admitted and given medical care.
The motive of the shooting is still undetermined and is under investigation.
Ekurhuleni’s city manager, Dr Imogen Mashazi, has condemned the barbaric attacks on emergency services personnel while on duty. Mashazi made her feelings clear while visiting an injured Ekurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Management Services (DEMS) fire fighter, Rovhiwa Mohlola, age 35, in hospital. Mohlola sustained gunshot wounds while attending to an injured patient last weekend in Dukathole.
“We urge members of the public to protect the emergency services workers when they are out there to save lives. An attack on emergency services personnel defeats the purpose of saving lives, which is what they are here for,” lamented Mashazi. She wished Mohlola a speedy recovery.
The city manager further explained that in the recent past such incidents were a common occurrence, forcing the metro to embark on a publicity campaign to expose the dangers faced by emergency services personnel when attending to life-threatening emergencies and fires in the area. “These attacks are senseless and unwarranted because these employees are putting their lives on the line to save other fellow humans,” she said. “As a metro, we shall forever be grateful to these men and women for the sacrifice and dedication to public service.”
Furthermore, Mashazi gave an undertaking that the injured Mohlola and the rest of the team who was on duty with her on the day of the incident would receive counselling and other related support towards their full rehabilitation from the metro’s social development department.
Source: Germiston City News