Striking student nurses at the Ann Latsky Nursing College in Johannesburg are holding staff hostage. This as the student nurses at the college are protesting over the non-delivery of books four months into the academic year.

They are “demanding answers from management” before they can let anyone go home.

Nurses union, Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) has again called on Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to intervene and resolve the protest by student nurses over the non-delivery of books.

It says in 2017 students only received their books in September, a month before they were due to sit for their final exams.

Denosa’s Gauteng Secretary Dimakatso Sebopa says: “In our engagement we have been told consistently those students are provided with such material which is not true. Students are correct to demand that they be provided with such material. That is why we think probably government will start acting because their representatives in other forum are obviously not truthful and honest.”