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protestTimeslive reports that protesting workers trashed the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg on Thursday in a dispute over unpaid bonuses.  

Black bags containing rubbish were emptied along the corridors‚ contaminating what was meant to be a hygienic environment.  Some patients were wheeled through the piles of rubbish by some of the non-striking workers.  A revolving door had been blocked from the inside with a heap of metallic chairs.  Outside the hospital‚ arriving patients – including pregnant women and some patients in wheelchairs – left the facility without seeking treatment.  Earlier‚ the gates to the facility were locked in an attempt to contain the demonstrators.  Debris of rocks and tree stumps‚ paper and food also lined the road leading to the hospital.  A hospital source said:  “We presume it is related to performance evaluations which [used to] lead to the awarding of bonuses.  But now‚ there is no money for bonuses.”  Apparently there was no harm to the patients inside and they had medics who were attending to them.

  • Read this report by Naledi Shange in full at Timeslive
  • See too, Patients at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital threatened by protesting staff, at EWN
  • And also, Chaos erupts at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital as striking gets out of control, at The Citizen

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