Thursday, 02 June 2016
The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) Gauteng is disgusted and angered by the burning of the Phenduka Clinic in Ekurhuleni yesterday. We want to condemn and warn residents over this barbaric act as it exposes the nurses and all other healthcare practitioners to unnecessary risk. The burning of this clinic comes after the murder of a nurse in Tembisa whilst on her way back from work on the 25 May 2016. DENOSA provincial leadership in Gauteng will visit the hospital in the afternoon tomorrow (13h00).
DENOSA has just emerged from a Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) meeting over the last three days and that meeting has condemned all these violent acts against nurses and all health workers. DENOSA will be embarking on a programme to deal with these barbaric acts. We want to warn the public, Minister of Health and the thugs not to force health workers to carry fire arms or hire bodyguards at work in order to defend themselves as this NEW tendency of attacking nurses is escalating.
DENOSA Gauteng will be engaging with communities, the police in the province and the Gauteng department of health with a view to tackle this safety issue and also present a security plan to protect health workers. We are tired of recycled press statements condemning these attacks while nurses continue to become death statistics. The time for confronting this matter head on is Now!
Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) Gauteng
For more information, contact:
Simphiwe Gada, DENOSA Gauteng Provincial Chairperson
Mobile: 079 501 4869