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ambulanceGroundUp reports that Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers in Nelson Mandela Bay protested outside the City Hall on Wednesday, calling for safer working conditions.

“I kneel down and pray to God each time I leave home for work, asking him to save me from these criminals. They are heartless and don’t care that EMS staff perform a critical job,” said a Gqeberha paramedic and father of two. He and his work partner were robbed of cash and other valuables while responding to an emergency in Zwide last year. This was one of about 20 armed attacks on EMS workers in the 2023/24 financial year. The most recent incident occurred on Monday, when EMS staff were robbed of their cellphones and personal belongings at KwaZakhele clinic by a group of six armed criminals. The spike in attacks has prompted requests for police to escort EMS vehicles in crime hotspot areas. Leading the protest on Wednesday, district manager for health Sonia Lupondwana said some EMS workers had been personally threatened on and off duty. She handed a memorandum of demands to Mayor Gary Van Niekerk. The demands included a request for ward-based structures to deal with safety issues and to ensure EMS workers were protected when entering those communities. Metro police should also to commit to assist with securing the safety of EMS workers in communities. The mayor has until Friday to respond.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Joseph Chirume at GroundUp

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