The march, led by the National Public Service Workers Union (NPSWU), included employees of the provincial Health Department, community health-care workers and emergency medical service staff.
The NPSWU’s Sifiso Dlamini said two personnel had been hijacked and robbed of their valuables while responding to a call in Khayelitsha last week.
The incident was one of many since the start of this year involving violence or threats against EMS personnel responding to call-outs. They were not escorted.
"The department is dispatching employees to red zone areas without making provision for security. When personnel are robbed, they’re never compensated - they’re told it’s part of their duties. If we were to stop the crews from entering any area they fear and don’t want to work in, we’d be told we were sabotaging. We’re here to give the government a chance to show they value the crews.”