Crime in SA | EMS staff plead for protection

Hospersa says the government needs to get serious about protecting emergency medical personnel. Nearly 100 attacks have been reported this year alone. Hospersa spokesman Kevin Halama unpacks this. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - They’re the first responders in an emergency and play a critical role in saving lives.

Yet they continue to face senseless attacks.

WATCH: Hospersa slams EMS attacks

Close to 100 incidents have been reported this year, and there are fears this will spike during the festive season.

Health workers’ union Hospersa says the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces are the main hotspots.

READ: EMS union say government is ignoring their concerns

Hospersa has renewed a call on government to act.

It says the state, as their employer, has a legal obligation to prioritise the safety of EMS workers.


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