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DENOSA Sedibeng Region’s statement on the strike by security personnel across the District’s health facilities

Media statement 

Tuesday, 03 December 2019 

 

 

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Sedibeng Region notes the strike by security personnel over many issues which started yesterday with picketing at Johan Heyns until tomorrow, which has affected all public health institutions in the Sedibeng District.  

 

The security personnel are demanding better working conditions from their employers, which is a reasonable demand that is in the best interest of both patients and health workers at institutions. 

 

Currently, there is no security services being rendered at both hospitals and clinics in the district, which poses a serious safety risk to both patients and health workers in the workplace. 

 

DENOSA notes the terrible working conditions that security personnel are working under, including:

 

1. That security is an outsourced service in the Department of Health.

2. That security officers don’t have job security and are not paid on time.

3. They work without tools of trade and without proper uniform. 

 

DENOSA fully agrees with the demands of security personnel and calls for an urgent implementation of the Premier's resolution to insource security personnel in all public healthcare institutions. In the meantime, we urge management in Sedibeng to observe Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and adhere to the requirements of a safe environment.  

 

All Nurses in Sedibeng have a right to practice in an environment free of intimidation and threats.

 

End

 

Issued by DENOSA in Sedibeng Region

 

For more information, contact:

 

Sabatha Thekiso, DENOSA Sedibeng Regional Chairperson

Mobile: 071 678 7001 

Or 

Simphiwe Gada, DENOSA Gauteng Chairperson

Mobile: 072 563 1923