ANC Gauteng elections chief accused of assaulting paramedic

ANC Gauteng elections chief accused of assaulting paramedic

A senior ANC official in Gauteng is alleged to have been involved in an altercation with a female paramedic.

The incident reportedly occurred at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital after the accused’s brother was shifted to the hospital.

Justice Ngalonkulu is the Chief Electoral Officer in Johannesburg, a former District Councilor and now Regional Director for Region D of the City of Johannesburg.

Ngalokulu’s brother was taken to hospital after a car accident. While in hospital, the ANC member allegedly became enraged at the paramedics.

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Provincial police spokespersons were contacted by The citizen to verify the claims but there was no response at the time of publication.

However, in an unverified bond form seen by The citizenNgalonkulu was granted R1 000 bail after being charged with common assault in the Orlando Magistrates Court on 22 May.

Alleged verbal and physical violence in the hospital

The alleged victim, Shalati Mushwana, is said to have been on the end of Ngalonkulu’s verbal abuse after she asked him to give her space to unload the patient.

A heated exchange ensued, leading her to ask for help. When security officers approached to help the paramedic, Ngalonkulu allegedly punched her in the chest and shoulder.

Once separated, the paramedic continued her job of taking the patient to the emergency room, but Ngalonkulu followed her to the hospital.

After the incident, he reportedly required medical attention for soft tissue injuries to his hand.

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News 24 reported witness accounts and quoted Gauteng Department of Health spokesperson Dr Motalatale Modiba, response:

“We must reiterate that attacks on paramedics or healthcare workers in general can never be tolerated under any circumstances.”

“The department has and will always strongly condemn attacks on our staff members as they have a long-term effect on our employees and the public,” Modiba concluded.