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Protect paramedics, MEC urges

Hundreds of emergency medical services staff marched in Philippi today.

Emergency health workers marched on 14 September 2016 against attacks in Cape communities. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo has called on communities to help protect paramedics.

Hundreds of emergency medical services staff from across the Western Cape, including firefighters and police, marched in Philippi.

#EMSMarch Mbombo: "We are gatvol [of attacks on staff]" @MoniqueMortlock pic.twitter.com/Bf77e0zvGY



The Cape Town suburb has been identified as a hotspot for attacks on paramedics.

Other "red zones" include Khayelitsha, Hanover Park and certain parts of Mitchells Plain.

#EMSMarch Provincial EMS manager Pumzile Papu saying "enough is enough" @MoniqueMortlock pic.twitter.com/SYoJ0uItpJ



Mbombo has told demonstrators attacks on public servants amount to attacks on the government.

"In red zone areas, the ambulance will first go to the police station before they're escorted by police. The police may leave afterwards and that's when they get robbed while carrying patients."

#EMSMarch Staff members from public and private EMS services is are here. @MoniqueMortlock pic.twitter.com/Dg7f355IOk

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