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gautengBusinessLive reports that the Gauteng health department has moved to defuse tension with unions, which led to last week’s violent protests at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, by undertaking to pay outstanding staff bonuses by the end of June.  

Unpaid bonuses for 2016-17 were the trigger for last Thursday’s violent disruption of services, with operations postponed and patients turned away as members of various unions threatened staff, blocked entrances and strewed rubbish about the facility.  Operations were also cancelled at Leratong Hospital in Krugersdorp on Tuesday due to protests.  The National Education Health and Allied Workers Union’s (Nehawu’s) Tshepo Mokheranyana said he hoped the latest protests had "taught the department a lesson", but in the same breath said the union did not endorse violent protests that placed patients’ lives at risk.  The incident was unplanned and had involved several unions, Mokheranyana stated.

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