Ground up reports that Eastern Cape ambulance drivers and their assistants are appealing for protection from community members following a spate of robberies while on duty. A group of about 30 Emergency Medical Services employees drove on Thursday and Friday in ten vehicles through Port Elizabeth townships, appealing to people not to attack them. They said workers had stopped attending to patients at their homes unless they were escorted by the police.
However, Motherwell Cluster Commander Major General Dawie Rabie said it was not the responsibility of police to escort ambulances. “If we have to escort every other organisation or company experiencing problems, our core functions of policing will be defeated.” He said communities needed to take a stand against such attacks on emergency services. He said communities needed to take a stand against such attacks on emergency services. Spokesperson for MEC for Health Sindiswa Gomba, Judy Ngoloyi, said a high level meeting involving the MEC would be held in Port Elizabeth this week to address the issue of security of ambulance personnel.
by Joseph Chirume