Residents pelted firefighters with stones while the rescue workers were responding to a fire in Extension 22 in eMbalenhle on Tuesday, 20 July.
The fire engine was damaged. Govan Mbeki Municipality is concerned about the rising number of attacks on firefighters when they respond to scenes.
“The extent of the fire could not be ascertained because the members had to leave the scene after being stoned,” said Bheki Kubheka, acting head of marketing and communications at Govan Mbeki Municipality.
According to him, there have been several similar incidents.
“We urge residents to refrain from attacking firefighters as they are placing lives and property at risk,” said Bheki.