Martin Makasi has condemned the latest incident on Friday night when two paramedics responding to a call in Nyanga were robbed at gunpoint. According to Health Department spokesperson Byron la Hoe, the incident happened at about 7pm and the officers, a male and female, were robbed of their belongings.
Makasi said: “The problem they have with this incident is that the department didn’t indicate the street where the incident occurred. Had the department done this we could have gone out to the community and talked to the leaders.
“Escorting ambulance or fire-fighting staff is also nothing new in Nyanga. In fact, it has been happening for the past two years. We had several meetings with EMS and community leaders to tackle the attacks on them. We are doing our level best to ensure safe passage for EMS and fire services into Nyanga,” said Makasi.
La Hoe said that as a result of this attack the areas of New Cross Roads and Philippi had been declared red zones until yesterday. This resulted in delays as EMS personnel could not enter these areas without a police escort.