The safety of emergency staff is back in the spotlight after three emergency management services (EMS) members were attacked and an ambulance vehicle damaged while attending to a call at the weekend in Cosmo City.
The man was accused of hurting three people and the residents felt he did not deserve the EMS help.
The attack resulted in Joburg EMS suspending ambulance services in the area.
Bongani Bingwa chats to spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi about the incident over the weekend.
We have actually lost count of the number of attacks on our personnel. Almost on a weekly basis, there are incidences reported. Last week in Jeppestown two paramedics were attacked when attending to a maternity case. They were held at gunpoint and robbed of their belongings.— Robert Mulaudzi, Spokesperson - EMS
He adds that a week later in Soweto, another two paramedics were robbed and also held at gunpoint.
Over the weekend, the Cosmo City incidence is the latest one. The residents felt that we could not come and assist someone responsible for hurting three people. That is why they stoned the ambulance and attacked the paramedics. We help everyone. These attacks happened while law-enforcement officers were present.— Robert Mulaudzi, Spokesperson - EMS
It cannot be ideal for paramedics to respond to all emergencies with a police escort, he says.
Listen below to the full interview: