Metro EMS: Attacks on paramedics crews could cripple services

On Wednesday, three men robbed paramedics at gunpoint on the N2 while the health workers were rushing an eight-year-old boy to hospital.

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

CAPE TOWN - Metro emergency medical services says that ongoing attacks on ambulance crews in the city continue to cripple operations.

On Wednesday, three men robbed paramedics at gunpoint on the N2 while the health workers were rushing an eight-year-old boy to hospital.

He'd been seriously injured in a road collision.

Metro Emergency Medical Services' Shaheem de Vries says that the probe into the tragedy has been prioritised.

“I’ve asked my teams to investigate the incident to determine whether or not the incident had significant effects on the outcomes of this family.”

The three attackers are still at large.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille wants South African Defence Force member to accompany emergency services vehicles into so-called red zones.

“Accompanying our emergency medical services is critical, especially at night. At night we are most particularly vulnerable.”

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

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)