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Gauteng: Vaccination teams ATTACKED in JHB and TSHWANE

In the latest incident, the Gauteng Health Department says a vaccination team was robbed at gunpoint in Soshanguvhe, Tshwane


The department of health will start with the vaccination of young people.. Image by Flickr

The Gauteng Health Department has confirmed two incidents of vaccination teams being attacked in both Tshwane and Johannesburg. The latest ambush occurred in the capital on Saturday, 4 December 2021 in Soshanguvhe, which is North of Pretoria.

“Five armed men who were in a white Toyota Quantum at Wonder City Taxi Rank in Soshanguve robbed the vaccination team at gunpoint. The perpetrators fled with vaccination programme gadgets which consist of three tablets, one smart phone and six cellphones belonging to the team,” says Gauteng Health spokesperson Kwara Kekana.


In Johannesburg: The department says on Monday, 29 November 2021, a West Rand Health District Services bakkie, presumably carrying vaccinations, was hijacked with mobile site equipment and gazebos in Chamdor, Kagiso.

“The cases of robbery for both incidents have been opened at Soshanguve and Kagiso police stations. Fortunately no team members were harmed in both cases and counselling will be provided to the affected staff”

Gauteng Health Department spokesperson Kwara Kekana

The department has condemned both incidents and has called for the perpetrators of the crimes to face the full migt of the law.

The Gauteng Health Department says the crimes against vaccination teams come at a critical time in the fight against the pandemic, particularly when the province is ramping up its inoculation drive, amid the fourth wave. More vaccination sites across the province have been activated. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in his latest address to the nation that the vaccination drive would be intensified, in an attempt to get jabs in as many arms as possible.

“Our healthcare workers remain the backbone of the health system, even during the pandemic as they continue to play a pivotal role in terms of vaccination programme rollout. We call on all members of society to work with law enforcement agencies and to share any information they might have on the two incidents,” Kekana added.