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protestANA reports that the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Sunday that the disruptive actions of striking workers at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital were unacceptable and needed to be dealt with decisively.  

DA Gauteng MPL Jack Bloom said:  “Throughout last week they trashed the hospital and on Tuesday police fired rubber bullets to disperse them.  I visited the hospital on Thursday last week and found mounds of trash, including medical waste, scattered in various places…  Staff told me that rampaging workers had gone through the wards, intimidating them and disrupting activities.  Many operations have been cancelled because of a lack of clean linen.”  Most of the protesters were National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) members, including nurses, cleaners, and porters, but some outsiders such as EFF supporters had apparently been involved as well.  

Their grievances might have been valid, but trashing a hospital and endangering the safety of patients should not be allowed under any circumstances, Bloom said

  • Read this report in full and see photos at The Citizen
  • Read too, Striking Nehawu workers scatter rubbish in hospital’s foyer, at TimesLive
  • And also, Charlotte Maxeke Hospital using ‘apartheid tactics’ in strike negotiation, says SACP, at SowetanLive


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