Western Cape Health Department declares Nyanga a 'Red Zone'

Western Cape Health MEC, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, says they have decided to declare Nyanga a ‘red zone’ following attacks of EMS members.

On Tuesday, a Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services (EMS) vehicle was stoned on the corner of Eisleben and Landsdown Road in Nyanga, injuring one person when a brick was thrown into the cabin hitting the emergency medical practitioner on her back.

Mbombo says she has never seen such attacks on EMS staff even at a time when violent uprisings were common place.

She says the Western Cape Health Department takes this matter very seriously.

We doing everything we can. We have joineded forces with the municipality and the Metro police because at the end we can never be able to do it on our own.

Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, Western Cape MEC for Health

Martin Makasi, chair of Nyanga CPF (Community Policing Forum) says the situation is very frustrating.

There have been community meetings held in affected areas and residents are now concerned that the delay of an ambulance might result in the loss of life, says Makasi.

The ambulance has to first go to the nearest police station to be escorted to places marked as 'red zones'.

In our communities, we have hooligans who don't respect human life, who think that we are living in a Banana Republic.... but we will not get tired, we will make sure that we support EMS staff when they come to our communities.

Martin Makasi, Chair of Nyanga CPF

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