KZN lawmakers fear strike is out of control

2010-08-20 00:00

THE public sector strike, and especially the violence of some strikers, dominated the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature sitting yesterday.

Speaker Mtholephi Mthimkhulu called for swift action to resolve the crisis, saying he fears the strike is quickly getting out of hand.

He urged protesters to refrain from violence.

KZN Premier Zweli Mkhize expressed concern at the state of mortuaries.

“The [Health] department fears that mortuaries could run out of space and families could start demanding bodies of their deceased.

“[The police have] taken over the picking up of bodies from crime scenes and accidents,” Mkhize said.

Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dlomo said an appeal has been made to the Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, to help avert a disaster at King Edward VIII Hospital and Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Durban.

Both hospitals are being manned by members of the South African National Defence Force.

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