Trade union NEHAWU says what happened at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg could have been avoided if the Gauteng Health Department had kept the promise it made during wage negotiations.

The union has confirmed that operations at the hospital will continue uninterrupted on Friday.

Operations at the hospital were disrupted on Thursday during a protest by workers demanding their bonuses from the Gauteng Health Department.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Gauteng Health MEC Gwen Ramakgopa condemned the protest and called for those who trashed the hospital and stopped surgeries from continuing to be brought to book.

NEHAWU Gauteng deputy secretary Gracia Rikhotso says, “ What is also disappointing on our side is that the minister and the MEC are trying to play victim mentality, without taking responsibility because this situation could have been avoided had they complied with the agreement and complied with the decisions that we have taken through the consultative processes in abating this situation.”

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