Help protect our paramedics, Cape Town communities urged after attacks

2016-07-20 19:06
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Cape Town - The Western Cape health department has urged communities to do their bit in protecting paramedics in the province, after two paramedics were assaulted and robbed in Cape Town on Monday.

Department spokesperson Luyanda Mfeka said in a statement on Wednesday that the City couldn't protect paramedics without help.

"The impact of crime and violence on our services is an issue that the department cannot resolve solely on its own.

"This is a societal issue affecting us all. We continue to urge communities to assist the department and authorities in securing the safety of our staff by providing information on the perpetrators of criminal activity to the SAPS."

Five men armed with knives attacked and robbed a team of paramedics in Happy Valley informal settlement in Blackheath on Monday, News24 reported.

A female paramedic was stabbed with a broken bottle.

In May, four men robbed two paramedics of their medical supplies after they had responded to a call in Nyanga, News24 reported.

Safety 'non-negotiable'

Mfeka said the department would do all it could to protect its paramedics, and that their safety was "non-negotiable".

"It is worth mentioning that many incidents are opportunistic, thus merely an opportunity to commit crime.

"The Department is aware that these incidents negatively affect staff morale and we commend our staff members for their continued loyal service.

"We care about our staff and their safety is non-negotiable."

The department said they respond to 713 144 calls per year.

Around 70 criminal cases - including robbery, theft, damage to property, assault and hijackings - had been reported by emergency services members in the last 12 months.

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