Paramedics fearful after attacks on emergency services crews continue

Paramedics fearful after attacks on emergency services crews continue

Paramedics say they are fearing for their lives after two teams of paramedics were targeted in the space of one week. The emergency service workers were held at gunpoint before being robbed and physically assaulted.

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Attacks on emergency medical services personnel in the Western Cape continue, with two new attacks targeting paramedics in the space of one week.

Wednesday saw a team of paramedics being held at gunpoint while responding to an emergency call in Khayelitsha. The second incident occurred on Saturday after yet another group was held at gunpoint, robbed and physically assaulted.

Dr Shaheem De Vries, head of EMS at Western Cape Health Department, commented on the matter:

"The attack was quite brutal. They assaulted him physically, held a gun in his mouth and robbed him of his cellphone and wallet as well as all the equipment in the vehicle."

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De Vries says that the situation has caused friction within the department, where teams are fearful and management is struggling to contain the situation.

This is an issue that appears to be escalating, with areas in the Western Cape being declared red zones, indicating that they are extremely dangerous for emergency personnel.

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