Ambulances are safer in war-torn countries – Cape EMS protesters

2016-09-14 14:01
Protesting paramedics in Philippi speak out against attacks on EMS staff. (Jenna Etheridge/News24)

Protesting paramedics in Philippi speak out against attacks on EMS staff. (Jenna Etheridge/News24)

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Cape Town – Some 40 attacks on ambulances in the Western Cape this year is unprecedented, a Sanco official told marching emergency staff on Wednesday.

"Even countries where there are wars, we have never heard of ambulances being attacked," said Philippi SA National Civic Organisation chairperson Bongani Mini.

Curious Philippi residents stood in awe as long lines of ambulances, police vehicles and staff came out on Wednesday morning against attacks on EMS workers.

Around 300 provincial emergency medical services workers, police officers, private paramedics, nurses and residents marched past homes, dogs and street vendors to a sports field.

The staff were praised for coming out in their numbers, despite some working night shifts later.

Marchers held up posters reading: "Your health is in my hands", "Stone-throwing EMS vehicles is useless", "Attacking ambulances delays service delivery", among other messages.

A memorandum demanded that attacks stop immediately before someone was killed. It urged residents to stand together and help.

Addressing residents, Mini said people could not be leaders if they did not lead those in their house.

"You can't, as a parent, have a child who is a criminal. You are also responsible for that criminal."

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