Hoax calls cost R5.5m a month

2011-02-20 14:13

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.

  • Ldn Saffa - 2011-02-20 14:40

    R5.5m a month?! Sounds like a hoax to me?

  • rix.wallace - 2011-02-20 14:45

    can this be verified, seems like an interesting way to get the budget to balance - explanation for missing funds

  • Lance - 2011-02-20 17:52

    With Modern Technology not difficult to trace Perpotrator?

  • Pilgrim - 2011-02-20 18:55

    Something is not right here(?!) Does this mean prank calls cannot be dealt with and that the department does not know how to deal with it? How can reacting to 1,850 prank calls accumulate to 5.5m PER MONTH? How much will it cost, compared to 5.5m per month, to try and trace these perpetrators and bring them to book? This article is vague and we need more clarity on this - 5.5m per month of our tax money down the drain... eish!

      Pilgrim - 2011-02-20 19:17

      Btw, this is only in one province...

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