The response time of Emergency Services has decreased in Red Zones, due to paramedics being unable to enter Cape Flats areas without support from SAPS. Director of EMS at the Western Cape Department of Health, Shaheem de Vries, made a presentation to the standing committee on health this afternoon, in which he noted that only 18% of calls received were responded to on time, due to a lack of policing escorts. Red zones in the Cape Metro include Browns Farm Philippi, Tafelsig, Manenberg, Hanover Park and Site C Khayelitsha. Other areas include Beacon Valley, Hayden Park, Nyanga, Gugulethu and New Crossroads. De Vries says having to wait on police escorts often cost paramedics valuable time and results in the loss of lives.
Response from some saps members
Die is n k$*# praat there was many of times we called them then they say they don’t have vehicles or they just don’t pitch now they blaming the police🤦🏽♂
I must agree with u thre.. That is what the control rooms tell us too. Ambo pending. Coz thres no vechiles.
I was told we only have 1 ambo available
On norm I get ems wen I call them but after 4hrs due to wait on saps escort had a severe heart attack at 11 in mrng thy got here à15h20 #jyst saying