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WC sees decrease in number of attacks on EMS staff

Since 2012, more than 200 attacks on EMS staff members have been reported.

FILE: An EMS paramedic responds to a call. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Metro Emergency Medical Service says there's been a decrease in attacks on paramedics in the Western Cape.

Since 2012, more than 200 attacks on EMS staff members have been reported.

The service's Wayne Smith says they're working closely with police and the Western Cape Community Safety Department to clamp down on paramedic attacks.

“We hope that we’re turning a corner. The number of cases has dropped from about six three years ago to about two. There are still too many cases and I think we can do better.”

WATCH: 'Stop attacking us' demand protesting paramedics

Kalksteenfontein, Nyanga, Hanover Park and Tafelsig are among the communities listed on the service's red zone list, which means emergency personnel have to be escorted into the area by police.

On Wednesday, Siphelo Manunga who is convicted of robbing a metro EMS paramedic was sentenced to 12 years behind bars in the Khayelitsha Magistrates Court.

The 21-year-old used a toy gun to demand the woman's cellphone while she was trying to treat a patient lying along Walter Sisulu Drive in December.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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