Ambulance responding to elderly patient turned around by protesters in KZN

  • Violent protests over former president Jacob Zuma’s incarceration have continued into Friday night in KZN.
  • One of many sporadic protests blocking a street, led to an ambulance attending to a medical emergency being turned away. 
  • Vans have additionally been set alight on the N3 close to the Mooi Plaza toll.

An ambulance racing to assist an aged woman who had collapsed needed to flip round and reroute after being blocked off by a bunch of protesters who had blockaded Duffs Highway bridge in KwaMashu on Friday night time.

The sporadic protests in a number of areas in and round Durban continued as former president Jacob Zuma supporters took to the streets.

One such protest delayed paramedics in attending to a medical emergency in Mount Edgecombe.

KZN VIP Medical Paramedics spokesperson Garrith Jamieson advised News24 that paramedics responded to a medical emergency at round 20:00 after they had been stopped by protesters.

“My ambulance was cell to an aged affected person who had collapsed at her house in Mount Edgecombe. Paramedics responded, and the shortest and quickest manner was to go onto the M25 after which onto Duffs street and up Mount Edgecombe,” Jamieson stated.

“As they approached the bridge, they had been met with protesters chanting and dancing, fires throughout the street, and concrete boulders within the street.”

The paramedics circled and rerouted going by way of Umhlanga.

“This delayed the decision for fairly a while.”

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Jamieson stated the short considering by paramedics meant that they averted a hostile scenario and stayed protected.

The affected person, who’s in her late 80s, was attended to and stabilised on the scene earlier than being transported to a close-by hospital.

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Violent protests over former president Jacob Zuma’s incarceration have continued into Friday night in KZN. (Equipped)

Jamieson stated they notified police and metro officers, however that legislation enforcement have been inundated with calls about protests.

In the meantime, one other violent protest erupted on the N3 toll at Mooi Plaza with vehicles set alight on the southbound carriageway close to the Mooi River exit.

N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) spokesperson Anita Heyl stated that every one Durban-bound lanes are closed to visitors.

There have been additionally experiences of protesters throwing stones and burning tyres being sprawled throughout the street.

A primary responder advised News24 that three vehicles had been ablaze on the N3 close to the Mooi Plaza.

READ | Protests flare up in Durban over Zuma – Durban Chamber points warning

The supply added that the protesters have been taking part in cat and mice with police. They trigger chaos in a single space and as quickly as legislation enforcement responds, the protesters run away. As police go away to answer unrest elsewhere, the protesters return.

Protests erupted following the imprisonment of Zuma, who was discovered responsible of contempt of courtroom by the Constitutional Court docket.

The apex courtroom sentenced the previous head of state to fifteen months behind bars

Earlier on Friday, News24 reported that authorities stated it believed individuals who supported Zuma and opposed his incarceration had been behind the protests.

Zuma’s daughter, Duduzile, posted a number of messages to Twitter encouraging public violence.

She was broadly accused of inciting violence after posting an undated video displaying somebody firing pictures at an ANC poster brandishing President Cyril Ramaphosa’s face. She later deleted the tweet.


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