CPT street patrols helping paramedics

Cape Town paramedics and neighbourhood watch members who will be part of a pilot project pose with Community Safety MEC Dan Plato and Health MEC Theuns Botha on 21 August 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN
Recent attacks on Cape Town paramedics have prompted the provincial government to launch a pilot project which will see EMS staff escorted by neighbourhood watch members when they enter dangerous areas. Aletta Gardner reports.

CAPE TOWN - Some Cape Town paramedics on Tuesday said they have welcomed the introduction of neighbourhood watches who escort them while on duty.

The Western Cape provincial government launched the pilot program in Khayelitsha, on Tuesday.

It aims to curb attacks on EMS members, while they are trying to save lives and attending to members of the public.

In recent weeks, there have been sporadic incidents involving paramedics being targeted.

Medic Atha Ntolosi said the initiative is essential.

“We were unable to walk around with our cellphones for fear of being robbed.”

“This will make a difference. I heard a minister say they will have radios as well.”

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)