The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape says new safety measures for emergency services personnel are a step in the right direction.

The provincial Health Department and the City of Cape Town plan to create safety zones for ambulances to collect patients and establish an anti-hijacking pilot programme.

The announcement follows yet another attack on paramedics in Cape Town last Wednesday, which led to the death of a seven-year-old critically injured boy.

The DA’s Head of Research and Communications in the provincial Parliament, Marcellino Martin says, “We are also pleased that the Department of Community Safety is actively engaging with, and assisting our Community Police Forums and Neighbourhood Watchers with the relevant resources, as a whole-of-society approach is needed to address this scourge of attacks against EMS personnel.”