Phaahla warns Nehawu members to report for duty on Tuesday

Phaahla warns Nehawu members to report for duty on Tuesday

Health Minister Joe Phaahla has warned striking members of Nehawu to report for duty or face disciplinary action


Phaahla has given the striking trade union members until Tuesday morning to pick up their tools and end the two-week wage strike. 


This comes after the union was served with an interdict by the Labour Appeals Court on Monday.


"Failing which those who are expected to report and don't report will be in contempt of the court ruling. Therefore they'll be putting themselves liable to face charges of misconduct," Phaahla warned. 


The strike has prevented scores of South Africans from accessing hospitals and clinics, causing pain and frustration to patients and their families. 

 READ: Health Dept welcomes court interdict against Nehawu strike

Briefing the country on Monday evening, the minister said the government is investigating the possibility of direct links between reported deaths and the strike. 


"There have been four that have been reported. There would've been further reports but we did want to elaborate further until we get full confirmation from the clinical staff in terms if the direct linkage, and we need to directly investigate further." 

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