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ambulanceSowetanLive reports that a trade union representing about 7,000 paramedics has encouraged its members to carry guns for protection while on duty.  

On Monday, the president of the SA Emergency Personnel's Union, Mpho Mpogeng, said they believed carrying firearms would keep union members safe following a spate of robberies and attacks on paramedics.  Mpogeng indicated that the union had received at least 30 complaints from emergency workers who had been attacked while on duty in different provinces in the past six months.  "We are not saying that workers must go out there and shoot people randomly.  We are saying they must carry licensed firearms to protect themselves and patients," Mpogeng stated.  He went on to say:  "It's really bad.  People call for an ambulance and when workers get there they are robbed.  We believe carrying guns is our only option."  Chairperson for the union in Port Elizabeth, Zinhle Ngqadu, said:  "I think it's right for us to carry guns because the department is not doing anything to protect us.  We go out there to save lives but we are not protected."

  • Read Zoë Mahopo’s full report on this story at SowetanLive

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