ambulanceGroundUp reports that on Tuesday, paramedics and trade unions members met at Edendale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg to discuss a campaign to end deadly attacks on ambulances.  

According to the chairperson of the SA Progressive Medics Organisation, Mazwi Ngubane, there were over 15 attacks in Pietermaritzburg between 2015 and 2016, two of them fatal.  “We appeal to the department to come up with safety measures,” said Ngubane.  Controversially, he also said: “Those safety measures are a call for guns.”  He indicated that from January, they would start a campaign to protect emergency staff at schools and community events.  Paramedic Sthembile Radebe said the number of hoax calls they received had become problematic.  “They [the community] need to be educated on how this jeopardises our jobs.  We get to a call only to find that it was a hoax.  This becomes a way of being attacked.  We are appealing to the community to stop this behaviour,” he said.  “The truth is we are scared of the community we work for.  Some of us have been assaulted badly.  Enough is enough,” said Radebe.

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