Escalation in attacks on Cape Town firefighters a concern

2016-04-17 12:04
Gallery  |  click on thumbnail to view larger image

PICS: An inside look into the gruelling day of a firefighter

Get a glimpse into the day of Cape Town's volunteer fire crew as they battle a relentless blaze in Stellenbosch.

Cape Town – The City of Cape Town has announced their concern with the rising number of attacks on firefighters when they respond to scenes.

This follows a string of attacks that first started in November of 2015 and was then believed to be an isolated incident. However, since then there have been several reported cases where firefighters are attacked when responding to the scenes of fires.

The City of Cape Town has raised their concern listing more than 15 incidents since October 2015 that saw firefighters become victims.

“We witnessed one of the most blatant instances when residents of Siqalo attacked firefighters responding to an incident in November last year,” Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith said in a statement.

“The delay resulted in 15 structures being destroyed by fire instead of the four that were alight when the Fire and Rescue Service teams arrived.”

17 incidents reported

He said that since the start of the year up until April 4 at least 17 incidents have been reported in Klipheuwel, Khayelitsha, Retreat, Vrygrond, Dunoon, Elsies River, Manenberg and Nyanga where Fire and Rescue vehicles were stoned, forcing staff to retreat and robbing residents of a potentially lifesaving service.

“In what universe does anyone prevent a firefighter from doing their job and saving lives and property, unless that person has an agenda?”

Smith said that the response time gets reduces significantly when fire stations have to be closed for certain periods of time due to attacks.

“It delays the response to any incidents that occur during that closure when resources have to be dispatched from other areas,” he said.

He appealed to communities to show restraint and highlight their grievances without resorting to violence, threats or intimidation of the people who risk their lives on a daily basis in service of others.  

Read more on:    cape town  |  crime

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


6 myths about male cancer

It is important to be aware of the most prevalent cancer diseases amongst men in our country.


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.