The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union, Nehawu, wants Mpumalanga’s Health MEC and head of department ousted. The union members handed over a memorandum to Premier demanding among others appointment of additional staff.
The head of the health department and the MEC are being blamed for the alleged collapse of the health sector in the province.
One nurse says the nearby hospitals don’t have enough nurses and they are forced to work long hours. “I work under a contract and for five years I have been earning R1500.”
Workers want government political heads to intervene and for Health MEC Gillion Mashego and the HOD to be fired.
Nehawu president Mzwandile Makwayiba says, “Recently, Health MEC shut down a community centre in Siyabuswa for lack of staff.”
In Mapulaneng, workers had been protesting for weeks, demanding better working conditions and medication for patients. Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni says, “There is a strategy to address the workers’ demands.”
Mtshweni has been given 24 hours to respond to the demands. While that happens the poor who rely on public health are left to care for themselves.
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