FS EMS personnel laid to rest

Tshepo Moshapo and Dimpho Maoko

Free State Emergency Medical Services (EMS) staff were among those paying their last respects to the families of Tshepo Moshapo and Dimpho Maoko, the two Buthelezi EMS staff members who died in an accident on New Year’s Day.
According to Free State Health spokesperson, Mondli Mvambi, the EMS staff and a few of its senior management officials were sent to represent the province in showing support and sympathy to the affected families of the two.
Mvambi said the staff had to stay the entire duration of the weekend as the funerals were in separate areas on separate days. The staff, who first arrived on 4 January 2017 at a joint memorial service held for the pair in Dobsonville, stayed and split themselves up to attend the prayer services of the two leading up to the funerals.
Moshapo (37) was buried in Giyani, a town in Limpopo, on Saturday. In the wee hours of Sunday, the whole team then drove to Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, to attend the funeral of Maoko (22) before returning to Bloemfontein on Sunday evening.
It is reported by EMS spokesperson, Reuben Ruiters, that the accident had one survivor, being the patient at the back who was transported from Heilbron to the Pelonomi Hospital.
However, police spokesperson, Peter Kareli, says the fact that the accident did not involve another car, or that the affected patient cannot be considered a witness as he was at the back of the emergency vehicle, makes determining the cause of the accident difficult. However, he added that police are still investigating.
Since the fatal accident, which happened only 30 kilometres outside of Bloemfontein on the N1 north, Free State MEC for Health, Butana Komphela, has sent his condolences to the families, colleagues and loved one’s of the deceased. He has also made efforts to increase EMS’s capacity to respond to any emergency call as road traffic volumes are increasing daily. Furthermore, he has urged all road users to travel with care, caution and great consideration during this high peak season. Those mainly using the N1, N3, N5, N6, N8, R30 routes should be extrat vigilant as many accidents happen on these routes. – Pulane Choane