Cape Town medics to be escorted

2012-08-22 09:35

Cape Town - Western Cape paramedics will be escorted by neighbourhood watch members in dangerous areas, it was reported on Wednesday.

The Cape Times reported that the pilot project would see neighbourhood watch members stationed at ambulance dispatch centres, where they could then join an ambulance on a call-out.

The system would be tested out in Khayelitsha, Elsies River, Lavender Hill and Hanover Park.

According to 2011 provincial health department statistics, there were 16 reports of assault of paramedics that resulted in injury. In the same year, there were 52 reports of violence, such as verbal abuse, not resulting in injury.

Provincial Health MEC Theuns Botha said he would ideally like the project rolled out all over Cape Town.

However, another project was looking into self-defence tools such as shock pistols and pepper spray for paramedics.

  • siann.heidgen - 2012-08-22 09:48

    So sad what this world has come to!

  • ianon.ym - 2012-08-22 10:00

    Go to rescue someone by having to protect and defend yourself with shock pistols and pepper spray and still stand a chance of being injured yourself? WTF - simply don't go there and let them die. There are no words to describe what SA has become.

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-08-22 10:07

    don't bother going in there at all. i have paramedic friends and it is disgusting how unwelcome they are in certain areas - they are there to help and save lives, but their own lives are at risk - just like our policemen and women.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-08-22 10:43

    Easy solution, stop going there and let the good sort out the bad!

  • chester.wandsworth - 2012-08-22 10:55

    Sounds like a good idea.

  • Chris_420 - 2012-08-22 11:05

    stunned that people who are trying to save lives are treated like this at all. What a sad situation! And the worst part is, the people attacking the paramedics would expect them to turn up in a minute should they get hurt! PUNKS!

  • denton.estment - 2012-08-22 11:06

    Not only in the Cape. A relative of mine was an operational paramedic in KZN and had police protecting him while bystanders were throwing half bricks at him while traeting a "patient" and this was a few years ago before he went offshore.

  • Hemlock - 2012-08-22 11:09

    It' time the Government pulled their fingrs out of their bums and noses, stop stealing from the citizens, bring back the death sentence---the list goes on and on...and bring safety back to the communities. We pay taxes to keep Government in luxury whilst millions suffer, starve, have no homes, no education, no school books, no jobs...this Government sucks! Stop thieving ANC and bring back law and order to RSA.

  • leigh.ridgway - 2012-08-22 11:24

    You know, not all poor people are punks! Sometimes good, decent, hard working and honest folks don't really have a choice as to where they live due to poverty ect. To say that they should be denied critical services just because of the bad and rotten in their society is terrible. I really hope that the outcome of this experiment is successful going forward. It's such a shame that the decent should suffer because of the bad :(

      tracy.g.basson - 2012-08-22 12:13

      You don't have to be poor to be violent. Even those that don't have money can stand up for whats right (without violence). Why are we so accepting of this type of violence in the poverty areas. Perhaps they need to learn morals and respect.

  • sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-22 11:34

    Only in Cape Town

      ally.oh.7 - 2012-08-22 18:55

      Wrong! It happens all over this sorry-ass country of ours and it's because decent people are intimidated and will not stand up to the bullies in their neighbourhoods. Eliminate the thugs and we will have a better country. When decent, law-abiding people take back the power we will all benefit --- and the medics will not be under threat.

  • michael.v.kesteren - 2012-08-22 11:59

    This isn't unique to SA.. (Dutch)..

  • tracy.g.basson - 2012-08-22 12:10

    Its a really sad state of affairs when people who are trained to save lives and assist others, are being put in danger. Remember the good old days during the World Wars when the Red Cross was not allowed to be touched. Paramedics should be welcomed and not at risk. We have a really sick sick society.

  • ally.oh.7 - 2012-08-22 18:55

    Congrats to all the medics and to the neighbourhood watch stalwarts. It's a pity that this action is necessary, but it is better to be safe than sorry.

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