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kznlogo thumb100 GroundUp reports eight shop stewards at Northdale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg have been suspended following a protest last week by National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) members who vandalised offices and forcefully removed hospital CEO, Edward Manyokole, from the building.  

Workers expressed their dissatisfaction with Manyokole’s management of the hospital as well as with the hospital’s HR Manager Sifiso Cele.  The group spray painted some walls in the facility before forcing Manyokole to leave his office.  On Tuesday, Nehawu regional secretary Mazwi Ngubane was arrested on public violence charges, but was released soon after.  Ngubane said the union was unhappy with the decision to suspend the workers as they were were not part of the group that removed Manyokole.  “Those members were not even present on the day of the incident.  It had been a long time since the workers and the community at large complained about the incidents of negligence at that hospital.  It is clear that the message is falling on deaf ears of the management of Northdale,” said Ngubane.  Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane Zulu said that the workers who participated in the removal of the CEO “will face the music”.   Zulu added that the department was aware that some of the people who entered the building were not all employed by the department, however, they were able to identify employees through video footage.  “What has happened can’t be allowed.  It is unacceptable to remove a manager in that manner.  The service provider for the security company will also have to explain how that happened under their watch,” said Zulu.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Nompendulo Ngubane at GroundUp

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