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DENOSA notes the ruling by Pretoria High Court on the cancelled SANC exams 

Media statement 

Friday 30 June 2017 

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) notes the ruling by the Pretoria High Court today, which dismissed our application to have Circular 2 of 2017 by the South African Nursing Council (SANC) nullified. 

The circular orders that the May examinations by bridging student nurses across the country be rewritten due to reports of leakages, which SANC accepted to make an amendment on the dates of rewriting exams to the 19th and 21st of July respectively. This acceptance is an indication that SANC was unreasonable in setting dates for rewriting in a short space of time (they were set for 28 and 30 June respectively). 

While DENOSA is still studying today’s judgement, we would like to make it clear that the matter is far from over, and our reasons are the following:

-          We have already received reports claiming that the June Exams were already leaked, and to that effect even seen photo evidence circulating on social media currently which proves that leakages are out control at SANC.

-          The Acting Registrar failed to ensure that safety measures are improved after the May leakage of Exam papers as means to protect further leakages.

-          We still feel strongly as an organisation that SANC must investigate the leakages thoroughly to identify and address areas of weaknesses in its own ranks and ensure that its own internal controls are water-tight first and do not allow for any chance of leakages now and in future. 

-          The investigation must not be prejudicial to any of students who often get punished for something that the Council shouldn’t have allowed in the first place. 

If DENOSA does not challenge the internal controls systems at SANC, another likelihood is that even the exams rescheduled for July can be leaked again. 

We feel it is of public interest that SANC expedites the investigation because these continuous leakages undermine the integrity of SANC and by effect the Nursing profession.

After studying the judgment, DENOSA will announce its way forward in this regard. Our way forward will be with the sole interest to protect the nursing profession and that justice, procedural fairness and reasonableness prevail in every action taken by the SANC as enshrined in Section 33 of the Constitution of South Africa.  

We challenge SANC to accept our request for a meeting as we have always tried as our first option to resolving matters within the profession.


Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA)

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DENOSA General Secretary, Oscar Phaka.

Mobile: 082 328 9771 

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DENOSA Communications Manager, Sibongiseni Delihlazo.

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