The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) has called on Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to immediately step down.

This follows his harsh criticism of protesting workers at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg on Thursday.

The protesters were demanding to be paid bonuses and over-time. Motsoaledi described the protesters as hooligans after they trashed the hospital and threatened their colleagues and patients.

Denosa says Motsoaledi’s comments are unfortunate and a public relations stunt.

Denosa Gauteng chairperson, Simphiwe Gada says, “As Denosa, we think that Motsoaledi has reached his expiry date.  He must step down.  He’s run out of ideas. He’s been preaching a lot of things like National Health Insurance and we’ve seen none happen. His attack on workers calling them animals is regrettable.”

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