Johannesburg Emergency Services on Saturday appealed to the communities to protect paramedics from criminals.
A paramedic was admitted to a hospital after he was assaulted, while treating a pensioner who had been stabbed in Ivory Park near Midrand.
A woman asked one of the emergency services officials for a cigarette and allegedly assaulted him with a bottle when he told her that he did not smoke.
The medic is unable to walk as his knee cap is fractured.
The woman was arrested and faces charges of assault.
Emergency Services' Synock Matobako said, “If community members continue assaulting our members this will make it difficult for us to be able to render our services.”
The incident was the second one in less than a week.
Two paramedics were robbed in Masiphumelele in Cape Town, while treating a patient who had overdosed on drugs.
Five men overpowered the medics and pepper-sprayed them in their ambulance.
Suspects were later arrested in connection with this attack.
(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)