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Johannesburg - The continued unrest at Thelle Mogoerane hospital in Vosloorus was on Wednesday slammed by the Democratic Alliance. 

The hospital came under scrutiny after footage emerged showing security guards clashing with police officers during a strike at the hospital.

The guards were protesting after they pitched at work on Tuesday morning, only to be told that their services had been terminated and that another company had secured the contract.

A protest then ensued, resulting in three security guards being injured while another three were arrested for public violence. The DA's Jack Bloom expressed shock at the unrest taking place at the hospital. 

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"I am horrified at this violence at a hospital which should always be a place of tranquility where patients get healed.

"The security company issue has been badly handled by the department; there are deep-seated management problems at the hospital that need to be fixed as soon as possible.

Bloom said it was totally unacceptable that the situation had escalated to that point, especially as the hospital is continuously beset with problems as a result of poor management.

Vosloorus police station Captain Piet Rossouw confirmed that the strike was still going on but was peaceful. 

"They are still protesting outside the hospital's premises but there have been no clashes," he said.

Unrest at Thelle Mogoerane began earlier this month when over a hundred security guards downed tools due to lack of payment and miscommunication from the hospital’s management.

Sidas Security Services members claimed that they were not paid their salaries and decided to down tools in retaliation, claiming they would only go back to work once they had received their salaries.