Youth League marches to private hospital

2018-02-14 06:02

THE African National Congress Youth League in the Greater KwaDukuza Region embarked on a march to the newly built KwaDukuza Private Hospital to hand over a memorandum of demands to hospital management on Friday, February 2.

Close to a thousand members of the ANCYL braved the scorching heat to march from Sofaya Sport Ground in Ntshawini to KwaDukuza Private Hospital to express their dissatisfaction and to address the plight of thousands of unemployed masses.

Among the demands were the beneficiation of the local youth, employment of local people both for skilled and unskilled labour especially the youth who they say should be a top priority.

Tensions flared when the crowd of marchers entered the hospital premises and demanded that management come and addressed them.

The police had to intervene and eventually ANCYL leaders led by provincial secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo held a meeting with management behind closed doors.

Reading out the memorandum of demands to the hospital’s management regional secretary Musa Zondi said that they were there to relay the message of the unemployed graduates who have to put up with being turned down for jobs which they apply.

“We as the youth of KwaDukuza have converged here to address the plight our unemployed, racially segregated and economically excluded masses whose voice is drowned by the corporate arrogance of the management of the KwaDukuza Private Hospital.

As the ANCYL we want commitment from hospital management that the above mentioned demands will be attended to in a period of less than 30 days,” said Zondi.

The hospital management eventually came out to accept and sign the memorandum after it was read to them and they agreed with some of the demands made by the youth league such as not outsourcing companies for cleaning and security as those jobs can be offered to the local youth.

Sabelo reiterated the call for beneficiation of local people more especially the youth in every project that takes place in KwaDukuza.

“The mere fact that the hospital is private it means that it is making a lot of money and it’s only fair that the youth gets a share in the pie of the economy of the land of KwaDukuza as the unemployment rate stands at a staggering 25%,” he said.

Apart from minor vandalising incidents on the premises there was no further damage to property reported as the march ended peacefully with high police visibility.

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