Generations former actor Mandla Hlatshwayo was killed in a pub when gunmen stormed the place.
Johannesburg Emergency Management Services (JEMS) have confirmed that no ambulances were available on the night Mandla and another person were shot and killed outside a pub in Pimville.
JEMS said that an ambulance was at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, 4,7km away from the scene of the crime.
A lot of eyewitnesses have detailed how they waited in vain for an ambulance to arrive at the scene after making numerous calls for help.
An eyewitness said that Mandla was awake and calling for the owner. He was talking. He was breathing but no help came.
EMS spokesperson Nana Radebe has confirmed a call was received but paramedics were unable to help.
“We did receive a call at 22.45pm but all our ambulances in the area were committed and could not attend to the call, so we referred the call to Netcare,” Radebe said.
She said the closest ambulance to the Meli tavern was delayed at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. The hospital is less than 5km from where Mandla lay gasping for breath.
Another eyewitness said Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital is right here. We waited for long. It must’ve been over an hour. He was still breathing. We ran around trying to find a pillow to put under his head. The owner of the pub was holding him and women were leaning over him. He took his last breath on that cold floor.