The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) has called on the MEC of Health to urgently intervene on the ongoing public protests on KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).
In a statement on Thursday, 12 March 2020, the Democratic Nursing Organization of South Africa called on the KwaZulu-Natal MEC of Health, Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu, to urgently intervene on the ongoing public protests in the region. The union noted that the protests were due to criminality in the region, with the community complaining about the car hijacking rate, which is high near the border of Mozambique. The protests have turned violent and have negatively affected nurses and service delivery.
“Our members who are to go home after their day off and vice versa cannot move and, as a result, the absenteeism is becoming a problem for those nurses who are using public transport as no transport is allowed into or out of town,” explains DENOSA KZN Provincial Secretary, Mandla Shabangu.
DENOSA has noted that some managers of the Department of Health under Alfred Duma Municipality have forced members to sign for leave, despite the issue being no fault of their own. “Under Alfred Duma Municipality, a similar protest has been going on for more than a week. Cars are burnt and the whole town has been brought to a standstill as well. Our members are risking their lives going to work using private cars and those using public transport cannot get to work,” read the statement.
The union has since demanded for MEC Simelane-Zulu to intervene and provide a solution to this pressing issue. It has also called on the province’s premier to intervene, as the issue affects both workers and the community.