Hoax calls cost R5.5m a month
Johannesburg - Hoax emergency calls cost the North West R5.5m a month, the province's health department said on Sunday.
"The huge volume of prank calls means that the emergency personnel who should be attending accident scenes or preparing themselves for genuine incidents, are often tied up with malicious false alarms," said departmental spokesperson Tebogo Lekgethwane.
In December, the department received 11 113 emergency calls, of which 1850 turned out to be "someone's idea of a practical joke," he said.
Most were in the Ngaka Modiri Molema district with 1258, followed by the Dr Kenneth Kaunda district with 510.