Dora Nginza hospital authorities distance themselves from security strike

2016-11-30 06:01

DORA Nginza hospital authorities are concerned about the safety of the institution as members of Mofoko Security Services, the company to which the security work at the hospital had been outsourced to, is on strike.

“We were concerned when we arrived for work this morning. The employees of the security company were singing and toy-toying around the hospital and not doing their work,” said acting hospital Chief Executive Dr Nonkululeko Dyasi.

Dr Dyasi feared that the public would think that it was the hospital’s employees that were on strike.

When members of the media arrived at the KwaZakhele-based hospital, gates were open and the doors were not manned by security staff as they usually are.

Security staff were nowhere to be seen on site.

“Without security we are so vulnerable. We fear for our lives (as members of staff) and for those of our patients and their visitors,” said Dora Nginza hospital Principal Social Worker Pamela Rubushe.

Dr Dyasi said the union did not communicate with the hospital authorities.

Members of the SAPS were called to maintain order and monitor the situation.

“We found about 200 members of the Mofoko Security Services gathered at the hospital entrance and asked them to disperse.

“We understand that they had labour disputes with their employers,” said Kwazakhele Police spokesperson Constable Nondumiso Pohleli-Ntombana.

According to the police, the security officers are said to have gathered at Livingstone hospital in the early hours of the day, before they met at Dora Nginza and later Provincial hospital.

Attempts to speak to the management of Mofoko Security Services at their offices in Mill Park were unsuccessful.

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