Fedusa demands deployment of SANDF to protect EMS workers

Demonstrators marched to Parliament on Tuesday to hand over a memorandum.

FILE: Members from various SANDF units seen during a march through the streets of Sophiatown, Johannesburg on 9 November 2013. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Trade union federation, Fedusa, is demanding the SANDF to be deployed to help protect emergency medical staff.

Union members, joined by its affiliates in the public health sector and passenger rail service, warn attacks on paramedics could increase during the festive season.

Demonstrators have on Tuesday marched to Parliament to hand over a memorandum.

Fedusa General Secretary, Dennis George, says they want an urgent intervention from government.

"Government is not coming forward to provide protection."

He's demanding the SANDF be rolled out to keep workers safe.

"We don't want to leave our communities without emergency services that they so desperately need."

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula had promised the SANDF would be deployed to hotspots before Christmas, but new police commissioner Khehla Sitole is asking for that deployment to be put on hold while he tries his new vision to address gangsterism and crime.

More than 40 EMS staff have come under attack this year.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)