Man dies while waiting for emergency services in Wesbank

EMS says they took long to arrive at the scene because they had to wait for a police escort into the area.

FILE: It’s understood the 73-years-old man died after having an epileptic fit. Picture: imgkid.com.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Emergency Medical Services (EMS) have confirmed that a Wesbank man died while waiting for them to arrive earlier this week.

But they say they took long to arrive at the scene because they had to wait for a police escort due to the high crime levels in the area.

It's understood the 73-years-old man died after having an epileptic fit.

EMS' Robert Daniels said, "The Western Cape EMS is unable to ensure the safety of our personnel when they enter a high-risk areas, for this reason, we depend on the South African Police Service to escort our personnel into these areas when the need arises."

However, the EMS says as important as response times are to them they are not willing to endanger the lives of their personnel.

Daniels says the incident is an unfortunate one.

"As important as our response times are to us as EMS, we are not to endanger the lives of EMS personnel any longer. This is a sad example of how serious our situation has become."