Media Release – Protest Action at Department of Health

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The Premier of the Northern, Ms. Sylvia Lucas, on behalf of the Provincial Executive condemns the senseless and malicious acts of violence, intimidation and destruction of state property perpetuated under the auspices of industrial action.“Whilst we recognise the right of workers to embark on industrial action, it should be done in a respectable, orderly and peaceful manner and should not infringe on the rights of other workers willing to work. It should also not be done in a deliberate and inhumane manner of depriving people in need of medical assistance there right to access it. This we reject with the contempt it deserves”, said the Premier.

Ms. Lucas would like to make it abundantly clear that this will no longer be tolerated. We engaged with NEHAWU in good faith and remain committed to finding a peaceful and workable solution to the demands of NEHAWU. We will however not be held ransom with violence and intimidation and will request that law enforcement agencies deal with the violence, destruction and intimidation in the appropriate and legal manner.

We call on NEHAWU to act with restraint and with respect for the rights of their colleagues and those they serve. The Premier would also like to thank those diligent staff members, who despite the difficult circumstances remain focused on delivering on the mandate of health services. These officials stepped outside their scope of work by cleaning up the hospital so that it can be conducive for the provision of health services.

Released by the Spokesperson to the Premier, Ms Bronwyn Thomas-Abrahams, 083 447 6586, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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