ambulanceCape Times reports that community policing forums (CPF) will escort Cape Town emergency personnel into crime hot spots after 70 attacks on them over the past year.  

On Tuesday, close to 1,000 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) staff and residents gathered in Philippi as part of an anti-crime campaign.  Emergency staff have been attacked in crime hot spots such as Philippi, Nyanga, Mitchells Plain, Khayelithsa and Atlantis.  Philippi CPF chairperson Khaya Dyantyi said street committees would play a vital role in assisting paramedics.  Emergency personnel will now contact a police station, which in turn will contact a CPF to escort the ambulance to an emergency, wait for the team to finish, and take them out again.  Tuesday’s march was part of Operation Khuseleka (Be Safe).


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