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Mbalula: CT police must make an example of EMS attackers

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula called on law enforcement to 'hunt the suspects down'.

FILE: Police Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Police Minister Fikile Mbalula is calling on Cape Town police to "make an example" out of the suspects who robbed an ambulance, an act which may be directly to blame for a child's death.

Faigon Wildschut, aged seven, was being transported to the Red Cross Children's Hospital on Wednesday morning when the robbers struck near Borcherds Quarry.

An urgent effort to get Wildschut to the hospital was severely delayed when the ambulance was forced off the road and attacked by armed robbers.

The boy eventually reached the hospital, but he was declared dead before noon.

The incident resulted in renewed calls to protect ambulance crews, who are often targeted by criminals in some areas heavily affected by crime.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula called on law enforcement to "hunt the suspects down."

Police Ministry spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga says: "The minister has actually instructed the police to do everything they can to make sure that they get the perpetrators and make example out of them."

Mbalula has urged communities to work with police and come forward with information that could help lead to arrests.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)