Paramedics robbed at Howick Falls

Durban - Two ER24 paramedics were robbed at knifepoint at Howick Falls on Tuesday.

The female paramedics, aged 27 and 35, had been in their specialised paramedic ambulance at the well-known tourist spot, where they were on standby for call-outs.

File photo: Sizwe Ndingane. Credit: INDEPENDENT MEDIA

They were approached by a young knife-wielding man, who threatened to severely harm them if they did not comply with his requests.

The drama unfolded as some of the curio shopowners were still busy setting up.

They reported that it was the fourth time in the last week they had seen the same man robbing people. The man told the paramedics to look down and to give him their cellphones and all their cash.

He ordered them to remove the SIM and memory cards before handing over their phones, threatening to harm them if they did not do what he wanted.

The robber then fled with their cellphones and R110 in cash. He ran to a river and up the embankment towards a nearby informal settlement.

After sending out a distress call to their emergency contact centre, the paramedics were taken to a nearby hospital for trauma counselling.

The SAPS dog units and patrol units were searching for the man at the time of going to press.