The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) has joined growing calls for communities to protect emergency services workers.

The Western Cape has taken steps to protect emergency staff after a spate of attacks on them in recent months.

In Gauteng, a female paramedic recently laid assault charges against Prophet Mbhoro Motsoeneng – who also laid counter charges following an altercation at his church over a sick baby.

Denosa’s call comes after Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo made a similar plea at the weekend following incidents where disaster management and were attacked.

“Let us make a plea to our communities and people across the province that emergency workers are there to support and help communities. We plead with communities to actually receive them very well when they come to their areas because these are public servants that are serving the people.”