Just before 01h00 this morning, 18 July , a Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Service paramedic crew was ambushed, assaulted and robbed in the Happy Valley informal settlement in Blackheath. Four men carrying knives and broken bottles forced their way into an EMS ambulance as the crew was busy loading a patient.
The attackers demanded the crew’s personal valuables including wallets, mobile phones and handbags after which they stabbed the female paramedic with a broken bottle. The other paramedic was threatened with a knife, but fortunately not harmed. Further to this the attackers damaged the EMS Ambulance by ripping the mobile data terminal from the vehicles’ dashboard, effectively rendering the vehicle out of service for several weeks.
The crew received medical attention and were offered trauma counseling after the attack. Fortunately they were not seriously injured, but they are currently off-duty and the area is an emergency medical resource poorer. This attack will not diminish our commitment to continue providing emergency medical care, but the public should note that the safety of our emergency care workers throughout the department is our first priority.
An attack on an EMS ambulance and crew, is an attack on your own community.
This from timeslive.co.za:
The founder of the Imbumba Foundation has described the final moments of Gugu Zulu’s life, saying his wife Letshego ‘did everything for him’ in his final moments.
“She was constantly checking on him and making sure he was okay. When his breathing became very heavy, she alerted the medical teams.”
Speaking to TMG Entertainment from Tanzania, Richard Mabaso said the team has been left devastated by the death of Zulu, describing his last moments. In a tender recollection of Zulu’s final moments with his wife, Mabaso said she kept a constant eye on him.
“She was with him all the time. She also put a pillow under his head to make sure that he was more comfortable. It’s been devastating. We are all shocked.”
Mabaso, who is also project leader for the expedition, says Zulu was beyond excited to start the climb.
“He was so excited. Before we left he said that he has a young daughter and he wanted to take action and create awareness.”
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The City of Cape Town’s Traffic Services arrested 116 suspects during operations this past weekend. Most of the arrests were for drunk driving, but officers also collared 24 motorists for reckless and negligent driving. This included a father and son who were caught engaging in an illegal street race along Klipfontein Road in a Maserati and a Ferrari.
Officers also had to intervene in a road rage incident in Blue Downs involving a group of tow truck drivers and members of the public. The driver of a VW Polo sustained serious injuries after allegedly being assaulted by three tow truckers.
The Metro Police Department had its fair share of public commotion when officers apprehended two suspects for the possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition in Macassar on Friday, 15 July 2016. While officers were making the arrests, members of the public helped one of the suspects to escape. They also stoned the officers’ vehicles. Officers managed to arrest one suspect and confiscated a 9 mm firearm and 33 rounds of ammunition (eight x 9 mm rounds and 25 x .38 special revolver rounds). Continue reading
One restaurant on the Hibiscus Coast near Auckland, New Zealand, is going to have to find a new bartender.
Talking to BBC Newsbeat, Currie said his manager was supportive, while his parents are “a little bit baffled.”
“My dad sent through a text message saying he always knew I would be famous,” said Currie.
So far, Currie has been enjoying his decision, especially the traveling part. So far, he’s caught 91 out of 151 possible Pokémon in the game, met a bunch of friends and visited a lot of interesting places.
“I get to walk around and explore towns I’ve never been to,” he said.
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This from theguardian.com:
This is how the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addressed the nation amid a military coup this evening:
The Foreign office has advised British citizens in Turkey to avoid public places and remain vigilant until the situation there becomes clearer. A statement read: “we are concerned by events unfolding in Ankara and Istanbul.”
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Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City of Cape Town’s transport authority, will resurface the Ottery Road off-ramp onto the M5 southbound carriageway on Sunday 17 July 2016, weather permitting.
In order to accommodate the roadworks, the off-ramp onto the M5 southbound will be closed to traffic between 07:00 and 18:00. Road users are advised to please make use of alternative routes to get access to the M5 southbound.
TCT apologises for any inconvenience caused.
Road users are advised to contact the Transport Information Centre for more information on 0800 65 64 63 or to follow @Transport4CT on Twitter.
This from dailymaverick.co.za:
US President Barack Obama on Thursday strongly condemned what he said appeared to be a “horrific terrorist attack” in Nice.
Offering assistance to investigate the attack which left at least 80 people dead, Obama vowed to help France “bring those responsible to justice.”
“On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians,” Obama said in a statement.
A truck ploughed into a crowd in the French Riviera resort town after a Bastille Day fireworks display, sending hundreds fleeing in terror and leaving the area strewn with bodies, including those of children, authorities said.
The driver of the truck was shot dead after traveling more than a mile (two kilometers) through the crowd on the palm-lined Promenade des Anglais.
“We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack,” Obama said.
“We know that the character of the French Republic will endure long after this devastating and tragic loss of life,” Obama added.
“On this Bastille Day, we are reminded of the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made France an inspiration to the entire world.”
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At 11h00 this morning, three teenage boys suffered gun shot injuries outside 80 Netreg Road in Bonteheuwel. Two were taken to Groote Schuur Hospital in critical conditions while the third boy fled the scene having sustained less severe injuries.