The Star on Monday carried a front page story on the escalating violent attacks on emergency services staff - attacks that have been reported across the country in recent weeks.
The common denominator was that they were extremely violent and at some point involved guns.
The South African Emergency Personnel Union (Saepu) has for years been calling for better protection of its members when on duty. Sadly, the union’s pleas have fallen on deaf ears and they are threatening to withdraw their services, especially at night.
There is no price for guessing who will become collateral damage should Saepu carry out their threat - you and I, who make up the general public.