Govt given 7 days to act on call to beef-up security for EMS, rail workers

Fedusa members, joined by its affiliates in the public health sector and Passenger Rail Service, handed over a memorandum to representatives at Parliament.

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CAPE TOWN - The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) has given government seven days to respond to its demand of beefed-up security for emergency health workers and rail workers.

Fedusa members marched to Parliament on Tuesday.

Union members, joined by its affiliates in the public health sector and Passenger Rail Service, handed over a memorandum to representatives at Parliament.

They demand the SANDF be rolled out to crime-ridden areas over the festive season.

More than 40 emergency medical personnel in the Western Cape have been targeted by criminals since the start of this year.

Members now want the departments of defence and military veterans, transport and health to intervene in the matter.

Fedusa's General Secretary Dennis George says deploying the army is the only way to ensure residents will receive emergency medical care on time.

“Government is not coming forward to provide protection.”

Police commissioner Khehla Sitole has indicated more sustainable measures to safeguard communities will have to be explored.

President Jacob Zuma is still to decide whether soldiers will be deployed before Christmas, as per Police Minister Fikile Mbalula’s request.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)