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ANC alarmed by attacks on paramedics especially in the Western Cape

N Ncube - Ndaba

The African National Congress condemns the increasing attacks on paramedics in the Western Cape Province whilst they on duty. We have learned with shock of another incident of attempted robbery of the Emergency Services staff that resulted in a Red Zone being declared in Cape Town's Mfuleni area recently. On Friday 17 November 2017, no ambulance was allowed to enter the Mfuleni area without a police escort, after it was declared a "red zone" following an attempted armed robbery of a crew as they entered the local day hospital.

We understand that the attackers fled when members of the public approached the ambulance. The crew were left uninjured and took refuge inside the medical facility until police were able to escort them out of the area. The attempted robbery took place just over a week after an attack on the N2 that resulted in the death of an 8-year-old child, hours after the ambulance he had been travelling in was forced off the road, and ambushed by thugs. The ANC calls upon the police to prioritise cases of attacks on Emergency personnel. The full might of the law must be applied to the thugs that continue to terrorise communities.

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