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DENOSA Gauteng calls on Health Minister to step down immediately

Media statement 

Friday, 01 June 2018  

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Gauteng condemns in the strongest terms the unfortunate reactionary utterances and PR stunt made my Health Minister in the aftermath of what happened at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital yesterday, and we call on the Minister to please save the little dignity he has and step down immediately before chaos escalate and spread into other facilities and affect more patients as he has done nothing but talk shop. 

Workers have been owed by the Department what the minister termed ‘just a bonus’ and overtime payment dating as far back as 2016/17, and means to demand the payment from government by workers for years have long fell on deaf ears and the same minister has done nothing to resolve the matter.  

And then he comes in front of cameras, as he often does, and play holly whereas under his watch are health departments that fail to honour their side of bargaining agreements. However little bonuses are in the eyes of Minister Motsoaledi, they mean livelihood to workers. “Perhaps that they are ‘just bonuses’ to Minister, that explains the lack of urgency in dealing with this matter which has been brewing for years,” says DENOSA Gauteng Provincial Chairperson, Simphiwe Gada. 

“We call on the ANC rope in Minister Motsoaledi. He has become a loose cannon that can’t control and lead the proper functioning of this department even for one day.”

DENOSA would also warn the Department in the province that what workers at Charlotte Maxeke and Leratong hospitals are demanding is similar to what other workers in other facilities are owed. If Minister is still not acting, the anger of public servants will spread to other facilities because all workers in the Department are disgruntled. 

DENOSA further brings to the attention of the public the risk the lack of action by Minister who leads essential service, among others: at the bargaining chamber the minimum service level agreement, which stipulates the minimum workforce in the workplace in cases of a strike, has not been signed and for years it has been waiting government’s signature. This puts the life of patients at risk because one day essential service workers may do as they please and there is nothing they will be held against.   

As matters stand, the lack of action by Minister and various health departments in resolving long-standing matters until there is violence is doing nothing but pit workers against each other, as we have come to see where other workers force others out of wards. It is an understandable frustration! 


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

For more information, contact:

Simphiwe Gada, DENOSA Gauteng Provincial Chairperson

Mobile: 079 501 4869