- Gauteng EMS personnel have raised severe considerations over their security whereas on obligation.
- Paramedics have been robbed, shot at and hijacked.
- They gathered in Johannesburg to ship a memorandum of calls for to their employer.
Paramedics in Gauteng have downed tools over ongoing attacks and robberies by neighborhood members.
Paramedics who’re connected to the provincial Department of Health, are below siege from attacks by violent Gauteng residents.
They gathered in Newtown, Johannesburg, with a memorandum of calls for supposed to be handed to the division.
Their calls for included police escorts, fee of additional time, and a much bigger workforce.
Last week, two paramedics got here below hearth within the Dukathole casual settlement in Germiston, whereas attending to an injured particular person.
One paramedic was shot and wounded.
The injured affected person later succumbed to a bullet wound.
Akas Nkuna mentioned that, on 22 March, he was hijacked and robbed alongside the N12 close to Daveyton.
Nkuna mentioned he stopped after a tough object hit his ambulance.
READ | Paramedic survives capturing in Cape Town, saved by bulletproof vest
I jumped out and noticed a person sporting safety uniform mendacity close to the street. I went nearer and noticed that the person had died. While attending to the person, 5 males armed with weapons and a panga attacked me.
They ordered me into the ambulance and drove the automobile. They robbed me of my personal belongings, the drug bag and the ambulance’s GPS. They stopped the ambulance and jumped out.
He drove to a police station and reported the matter.
Police drove with me again to the scene the place the useless man was mendacity. The incident has traumatised me, and I’m afraid to journey on the N12. We are targets of armed criminals. Whenever I need to reply to any emergency at night time, I develop into anxious.
Tshepo Mahlangu, who spoke on behalf of paramedics, mentioned that they had lost hope within the provincial authorities.
Mahlangu mentioned that they had beforehand submitted a memorandum to the well being division, however that their calls for had been ignored.
“If they are not going to meet our demands, we are going for a shutdown. We want to be paid for overtime. We are forced to 192 hours a month and paid for only 160 hours worked.
“We should not right here to make pals with the division. If they do not give us what we would like, we’re going for a shutdown. We are involved about our security, and our employer would not care,” Mahlangu mentioned.
Did you’ll be able to touch upon this text? Subscribe to News24 and add your voice to the dialog.