Cops, medics raise alarm over lack of virus gear


Cops, medics raise alarm over lack of virus gear

Despite promises, their protective equipment hasn’t turned up, putting officers and unions on edge


As the coronavirus tightens its grip on SA, nearly 200,000 paramedics, emergency services workers and police officers face a growing daily threat to their health.

While national instructions have been issued for police, emergency services workers and paramedics to use protective gear, little seems to have reached those on the ground.

On Saturday, Lt-Gen Bonang Mgwenya, the SAPS human resource management head, sent an internal memo to all provincial and national commanders ordering urgent steps be taken to protect officers, detained suspects and the public who go to police stations...

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