JOHANNESBURG - It is unacceptable that no disciplinary action has been taken against the workers who disrupted and trashed the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital in May last year, and no one has yet been arrested despite criminal charges laid and the availability of CCTV coverage, the Democratic Alliance said on Sunday.
"This shock information has been revealed by Gauteng health MEC Bandile Masuku in a written reply to my questions in the Gauteng legislature," DA spokesman Jack Bloom said.
People were outraged by the scenes of trash in the hospital corridors and horror tales of doctors and nurses locking themselves in wards for safety.
Rocks were used to disrupt ambulances transporting patients and tyres were burnt in front of the hospital. These violent actions were by workers complaining about unpaid bonuses, Bloom said.
Former health minister Aaron Motsoaledi said it was “pure hooliganism” and that anyone who tried to stop staff doing their duties was a “murderer”. He said he would be consulting with the police minister to arrest those responsible.