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ambulanceCape Times reports that the lives of those living in the most dangerous areas in Cape Town are at risk because it takes an average of two hours for paramedics to reach a patient in an emergency situation in a “red zone” community.  

This is because paramedics are under attack from robbers, some armed with weapons, and have to wait for a police escort for on average an hour.  Only then can they respond to calls for assistance.  The red-zone areas are where ambulance crews are often attacked.  There have been 32 attacks on paramedics this year.  And some 26 staff members have had to take stress leave as a result of these attacks, Western Cape Emergency Medical Services (EMS) manager Pumzile Papu indicated.  In the latest incident last week, paramedics were unable to reach a patient in Rocklands, Mitchells Plain, and had to leave the area when they and their police escort were stoned and shot at.  Red zones have increased from 11 to 15.  Added to the list now are Beacon Valley, Rocklands, Heideveld and Chicago in Paarl.

  • Read this report by Sandiso Phaliso in full at Cape Times

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