Judgment reserved in Free State health workers case

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Judgment has been reserved in the case of 94 health workers in the Free State who have been trying to overturn a court ruling which found them guilty of gathering illegally.

SABC News reports that in 2014 they staged a night vigil outside the provincial health headquarters in Bloemfontein. The 94 workers were demanding reinstatement after their contracts were terminated. The majority of the workers are women.

The report says the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) is taking up the cudgels on their behalf. TAC spokesperson, Anele Yawa, says: “No one is above the law in this country. All of us must be subjected to the law and Constitution of the country. That is one of the reasons we strongly believe in the justice system of our country. If the poor people are unable to fight for themselves, the justice system or the courts of our country must be able to defend the poor people as it is happening today.”

Some of the women whose contracts were terminated are hopeful the judgment will be favourable. One of the women is quoted in the report as saying: “Today things are okay with the way the magistrates handled things. I am happy today,” and another adds, “We are hoping the judgment will tell us the truth and will tell us whether gathering was illegal or not, as we were fighting for our rights.”

A full bench of the Bloemfontein High Court is deliberating judgment, the report says.

SABC News report

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