JOHANNESBURG – SOUTH African authorities have suspended a paramedic who has been caught allegedly using his ambulance as a taxi.
It is alleged the 46-year-old medical worker in the central Free State Province was also drunk when he reportedly transported three passengers. He allegedly picked up the hitchhikers and drove them to a local taxi rank.
The incident that occurred when he was on duty also incurred the wrath of taxi drivers plying the route the paramedic allegedly operated.
Enraged drivers demanded that he surrendered the money he made from the trip.
The incident has been caught on camera and gone viral on social media.
Sello Mohlakoana, the Emergency Medical Dervices district manager, confirmed the paramedic had been suspended pending investigations.
He said the worker had been at the organisation for more than six years.
“We are still busy with our investigations and cannot confirm whether the driver was drunk,” Mohlakoana said.
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– CAJ News