MPUMALANGA-(MaraviPost)-South African Medical personnel were held hostage by armed robbers in Mpumalanga after the ambulance they used was hijacked after responding to a hoax call.

RSA Police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala confirmed the news in a statement.

Mpumalanga police on duty

According to Mohlala, the medics were hijacked after responding to a call they received regarding a woman giving birth at a farm near Belfast on the Spitzkop Road.

Mohlala was quoted Citizen saying: “At around 21:30, the medics received a call about a woman giving birthday near a farm. The caller requested to meet the medical staff at a certain spot for directions to the scene.

“When the ambulance arrived at the place mentioned by the caller, two males wearing balaclavas which covered their faces are said to have then emerged.

The suspects allegedly held the medics hostage and took their cell phones from them before they tied them up with cable ties but kept inside the ambulance”.

The ambulance was reportedly then driven to another location, where five more suspects were waiting.

The criminals then removed parts from the medical vehicle and loaded them into another vehicle before they gave the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel the cellphones before they left the scene.

The ambulance was stripped of a gearbox, engine, two tyres, as well as the battery with a total estimated value of about R300,000.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant-General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela, condemned the incident adding that police is working on bringing the suspects to book.

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