JOHANNESBURG - Pastor Paseka "Mboro" Motsoeneng says the family of a child who died at his church will be laying charges against paramedics.
Motsoeneng insists the paramedics from Ekurhuleni Emergency Management Services berated the mother of the child instead of providing medical care
The child died at his church in Katlehong on Sunday.
The pastor denied allegations that he wanted to load the lifeless body of the child into the ambulance, or that he and his congregants attacked paramedics.
"You know why they (paramedics) went to open the case, why they rushed to the media? They are covering because they are afraid of the lawsuit and the mother is going to actually open a case of assault because she was thrown with the oxygen tank on her foot," the pastor said on Wednesday.
"All South Africans must rally behind this mother. I'll be transporting her to the police station at 11 o' clock. She will be opening a case of culpable homicide because the child was killed."
He accused the paramedics of negligence.
"The ambulance when it arrived they (the paramedics) were asked to enter the church with the stretcher, they refused. They said the pastor must take the child out. I took the child out...
"Then I was shouting: open the ambulance, the gentleman opened the ambulance. I got there, now the child is crying softly.
"Because of what happened I was afraid that the child might go (die) and will not be able to do anything because they're here. I explained to the lady (paramedic) the child they say is dehydrated, the child couldn't breathe can you put on the oxygen. She's like 'no, no don't teach me my work, where is the mother?' I called the mother, she started asking questions - why did you bring the child first in the church instead of the hospital."
Meanwhile, Ekurhuleni Emergency Medical Services insists its personnel were attacked when they tried to assist.
EMS spokesperson William Ntladi said the threats came three weeks after paramedics pleaded with the public to stop attacking paramedics.
"This time it happened (where) one of the prominent members of the community assaulted one of our personnel during this festive season, which is hectic and important to have everyone ready to operate in case of such emergencies.
"So one ambulance member was booked off for injury on duty because she was injured on the scene while she was attending (to) what she has been employed (to do) and expected to do when we arrived on the scene there was a misunderstanding between the pastor of the church whereby they had to operate within strategies and procedures."
Nldadi said only an autopsy can determine whether the sick child could have been saved.
"With the medical conditions, one cannot say the patient would be alive or not that's why we are being trained to say do a resuscitation. If we do resuscitation, we are saying do a resuscitation on a patient who is not alive basically. We are doing the resuscitation and some of the patients they do come back to life and some they don't.
"That is a challenge, it's a medical issue one cannot say that child was going to be alive or not. Medical autopsy and the conditions can tell the severity of the medical conditions of that patient."
Mboro arrived in style to help the mother of the dead child lay charges against paramedics on Wednesday afternoon.
Pastor Mboro arrives at Alberton Police Station with the mother of the child who died at his church to lay charges against paramedics. pic.twitter.com/5ZNZaiTxF9— African Child (@ZikhonaTshona) December 27, 2017