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

Listen below to hear the full story:


CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Paramedic training to become a professional university degree

Paramedic training to become a professional university degree

Health Department no longer recognises short-course training, sparking fear of fewer paramedics qualifying.

SA urged to copy Australia's road safety strat to curb road deaths

SA urged to copy Australia's road safety strat to curb road deaths

Dr Cleeve Robertson, NSRI CEO says there is evidence that the Australian road safety strategy, which puts humans first, works.

Mountain rescue team runs through their emergency procedure

Mountain rescue team runs through their emergency procedure

It's a busy time of year for emergency crews and Wilderness search and rescue officials unpack everything you ought to know.

Rise in dangerous 'red zones' traumatising EMS crews

Rise in dangerous 'red zones' traumatising EMS crews

Hanover Park, Khayelitsha, Nyanga and parts of Mitchells Plain are marked as areas where attacks on paramedics are more prevalent.

Paramedic services may be delayed in flagged 'red-zones'

Paramedic services may be delayed in flagged 'red-zones'

EMS crews must wait for Saps escorts before arriving or leaving scenes in 'red-zones', where paramedic attacks are most prevalent.

Emergency medical staff protest attacks on Cape Flats

Emergency medical staff protest attacks on Cape Flats

EMS staff marched in Philippi today to protest the escalation of attacks on vehicles in 'red zone' areas in the Western Cape.

Two trapped miners break free after rescue op halted

Two trapped miners break free after rescue op halted

Rescue teams ended the operation after checking the entire shaft and stating confidently that no one was left underground.

Snow and heavy rain in most parts of the country over next two days

Snow and heavy rain in most parts of the country over next two days

South African Weather Service says rainfall is expected to last until Wednesday, and more snowfall is likely to be seen in KZN.

Arrests made in Blackheath paramedic attack

Arrests made in Blackheath paramedic attack

On Monday morning, paramedics were attacked while attending to their duties. Speedy arrests have now been made.

Popular articles
What Shoprite, Checkers, Pick n Pay and Makro will offer on Black Friday

What Shoprite, Checkers, Pick n Pay and Makro will offer on Black Friday

Up for a Springboks level scrum? Instructions on how to ensure you get the deals in your inbox the moment they become known...

‘If Mugabe could be shafted so can Zuma - the view of many in SA’

‘If Mugabe could be shafted so can Zuma - the view of many in SA’

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews independent political analyst Daniel Silke.

'Molefe doesn't fit the recruitment criterion into the SANDF'

'Molefe doesn't fit the recruitment criterion into the SANDF'

Sandu secretary, Pikkie Greef says the union will lay criminal charges against Molefe's illegal appointment in the SANDF.

I didn't believe that he was ever going to step down - JJ Cornish

I didn't believe that he was ever going to step down - JJ Cornish

EWN Africa Correspondent, JJ Cornish describes Mugabe's Sunday evening speech as a humiliating downturn for the Zim president.

 Mugabe is actually showing them that he knows this game - Njabulo Ncube

Mugabe is actually showing them that he knows this game - Njabulo Ncube

Millions tuned for the Zimbabwean president's 'resignation' speech on Sunday night and instead called for unity in Zanu-PF.