The protest took the front burner to express the unholy incessant attacks targeted at the body and it’s members. Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) on Friday condemned this week’s attack on an ambulance crew in the Cape Town area.
“A provincial health ambulance responding to a call in Nyanga, outside Cape Town, was stoned by community members participating in a service delivery protest on Tuesday,” said Western Cape Provincial Chairperson, Michael Serelina.
An EMS member was injured and rushed to hospital for treatment.
Hospersa said both members have subsequently been removed from duty and are now receiving trauma counselling.
Serelina said Nyanga was one of the so-called red zones, where ambulances should not respond to calls without being escorted by the South African Police Service. The intervention was a step in the right direction, but it failed in this case.
“We maintain that the Department of Health, both nationally and provincially, is not doing enough. We wrote an open letter to the MEC in January, and the Federation of Unions of South Africa wrote a similar letter to Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi,” said Serelina.
“We asked for urgent intervention to protect our members when serving the community. We have had a response from the MEC, but not yet from the minister.”