Accident victims robbed in Marabastad

The bakkie after the accident.

Victims of an accident in the city centre were robbed shortly after the collision, Best Care Ambulance spokesperson Xander Loubser said.

The robbers were people claiming they wanted to help when a bakkie and a car collided in Marabastad on Struben Street and Eskia Mphahlele Drive.

“When we arrived on scene, we found the driver of the bakkie entrapped and two of his passengers sitting next to the bakkie. The driver of the car was lying outside his vehicle with a wound to his head. When we treated him, we realised he had no shoes,” Loubser said.

He said the man was robbed of his cellphone, shoes and wallet.

“He couldn’t even give police his driver’s licence,” said Loubser.

Tshwane emergency services were called to the scene to extricate the entrapped bakkie driver, who had a broken arm and leg.

“Once he was freed, the door of the car and some of the metal from the wreckage were put aside for safety reasons. However, the door and metal were stolen immediately after,” said Loubser.

Loubser urges the public to be careful during an accident.

“People must watch out for bystanders as they sometimes pretend to help you because you are still in shock, but instead they rob you.”

A similar incident happened last year when a man, Shaun Adendorff, was pulled out by about 15 vagrants after he was involved in an accident in Centurion.

“I first thought it was paramedics that pulled me out of the car. The people pulled me until I removed my safety belt. They held me while they searched my pockets. I later realised that they stole my cell phone from my pocket,” he said.

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Rorisang Kgosana

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