CAPE TOWN – The Western Cape Social Development Department has condemned an attempted hijacking of two social workers in Philippi.
The pair had visited a disabled woman in the area on Thursday when a group of armed men surrounded their vehicle. The would-be hijackers were then chased away by residents.
The department’s Sihle Ngobese says that this is not the first such incident in Philippi, as two other social workers were robbed at knife point in the area earlier this month.
“Social workers cannot render the much-needed intervention in our communities if there is not a climate of safety and visible policing.”
In the past, there have also been attacks on paramedics in Cape Town.
Several areas, including Hanover Park, Nyanga, Khayelitsha and Manenberg, have been identified as so-called red zones where emergency crews have been targeted by criminals.
This means emergency personnel have to be escorted by police.
A paramedic said she had fallen victim to crime while working.
“I’ve been pepper-sprayed, nearly hijacked, robbed, had a gun pointed at me and still I’m here today.”
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