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Gauteng Health considers legal action over sit-in protest

The Gauteng Health Department is considering legal action as protesters stage a sit-in at their Tshwane offices for a third consecutive week, News24 reports.

About 40 protesters have been camping at the Tshwane district offices in Pretoria, demanding jobs.

At least 200 staff members have not been able to access the Fedsure premises in the inner city. Staff have had to work at other health department offices.

Gauteng Health Department spokesperson Motalatale Modiba said: "The department had several engagements with (the) protesters' leadership, but unfortunately, we could not find each other on this matter. The matter was reported to the SAPS, and despite several visits to the building, they have not been successful in removing the protesters. We are also working on getting a court interdict to (remove) the protesters from the building."

He said several services had been disrupted.

"The processing of some human resource and supply chain management documents may be delayed as there is limited access to systems. Where staff members are reporting at other health facilities, they, unfortunately, have to share the available system with their colleagues in these facilities, and this slows down their normal output. Our staff members continue to do their utmost in working at the nearest health facilities, and some can work remotely."

The district office services 77 clinics in Tshwane.

The Gauteng DA's health spokesperson Jack Bloom warned that some staff members would not be paid if the protest continued.

"Newly hired clinic workers won't get paid this month if the human resource unit cannot get access to their offices. Both the department and the landlord have laid criminal charges, but the police have not been visible in removing them."

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