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Cape Town firefighters attacked during call-outs

Three incidents of vehicles being stoned were recorded in less than 24 hours this past weekend.
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Cape Town firefighters attacked during call-outs

The City of Cape Town has condemned attacks on firefighters after three incidents of vehicles being stoned were recorded in less than 24 hours this past weekend.

The firefighters came under attack from hostile crowds while responding to requests for assistance from the public.

In the first incident that happened just before 09:00 on Saturday, 2 October, firefighters from Gugulethu withdrew from the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Oliver Tambo Avenue in Manenberg, when the crowd became volatile and stoned their vehicle.

The vehicle’s windscreen and side passenger window were damaged in the process.

The second incident occurred just after 23:00 on Saturday evening, when pedestrians stoned a fire vehicle from Wynberg close to the Gugulethu Fire station.

Again, the windscreen and side passenger window were damaged.

A little more than an hour later, at 00:41, firefighters were stoned by community members after responding to informal structures alight in Isikhova street in Mfuleni.

“After a period of relative calm, it now appears that our firefighters are once more the target of senseless and dangerous attacks, often from the very people they are trained and deployed to help. One can’t be sure what the motivation is, but I want to reiterate to the public that attacking our emergency services staff is not the answer. In fact, all that will happen is that staff will be forced to wait for an enforcement escort before responding, which will slow down reaction times and put lives and property at unnecessary risk,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

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