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The ANC has called on township communities to protect emergency services after firefighting vehicles were stoned while responding to a shack fire this week in Cape Town.
The ANC in the Western Cape will host meetings in Bontheuwel and Khayelitsha Site C on Friday to find out why the attacks happen and seek “solutions”‚ said ANC spokesperson Cobus Grobler.
“This follows a recent spate of attacks on ambulances and even firefighting vehicles‚” he said.
Provincial health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo said in February that emergency medical services would no longer be allowed to go into “red zones” without police escorts after they had been held at gunpoint in Khayelitsha.
ANC provincial community safety spokesperson Pat Lekker said poor people suffered most when emergency services could not do their job.
“Criminal and other elements must not be allowed to disrupt these services or obstruct workers. People at clinics and hospitals should not be harassed either‚” she said.
“The ANC asks people to control their emotions despite shock‚ stress or disappointment and allow professional workers to deal with emergencies. All must treat medical and emergency workers with respect and assist them by giving them room to work. Emergency vehicles must be secured and allowed to move freely – especially at night‚” she said.