The South African Emergency Personnel’s Union (SAEPU) condemns the attacks of EMS personnel. Over the weekend two crew members in different provinces were attacked and robbed off their belongings.
In Eastern Cape a crew was transporting patients to Dora Nginza hospital in Port Elizabeth from Motherwell health care centre when they got attacked, robbed off their belongings including that of patients. On their way they found M17 road blocked with stones while they were busy trying to move them to make away six men came and robbed them. They also damaged the Ambulance.
In North West member of the crew was attacked by one of the family members while he was treating a patient following a disagreement. Ambulance crew requested privacy and the family member insisted on getting inside the Ambulance were he started attacking personnel. A case of assault has been opened at Collridge SAPS in Vryburg.
We condemn these unfortunate incidents in all possible terms and calls on SAPS to escort Ambulances.
Issued by SAEPU
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