Members of the NEHAWU (National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union) marched to Witrand Hospital in Potchefstroom on Thursday the 7th of April to meet with the North West MEC for Health, Madoda Sambatha. The health workers and Hospital staff are protesting over money they claim is owed to them by the hospital regarding. They also intended to discuss a variety of health concerns related to workers with the MEC.
To their dismay, once inside the premises of Witrand Hospital, security personnel and police that had been deployed to the area fired rubber bullets at the singing protesters.
In response to the police shooting at them, the protesters ransacked the facility and rubbish was strewn all over its passages of the hospital
A meeting was held on Thursday to try and bring an end to staff unhappiness at the hospital. According to NEHAWU regional organiser, Rantekane Kgoadi the protest were triggered by a number of things. Namely, non-payment of performance bonusses to the staff, corruption and fraud at the institution and lastly the issue of asbestos buildings is also a big health concern as it is well known that asbestos are very unhealthy.
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