Paramedics in parts of Cape Town are being forced to pay extortion syndicates for protection, eNCA has reported.
The syndicates usually target shop owners, and fruit and vegetable traders however they are allegedly casting a wider net and targeting off-duty medics.
eNCA reporter Monique Mortlock says EMS staff members are being forced to pay protection fees when they are off-duty in their local communities.
One paramedic claimed he had to pay about R2,000 last month for the protection of his family and property.
[ICYMI] EXCLUSIVE: Paramedics forced to pay for ‘protection’ https://t.co/JqWLF732y3
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