Pretoria - There were two arson attempts and various other acts of sabotage at the Department of Health headquarters in Pretoria this week, Minister of Public Works Thulas Nxesi announced.
Nxesi made the statement in a joint media on Friday morning with Minister Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi in Hatfield, Pretoria.
Nxesi said: "Civitas is a state of the art building which has been poorly maintained and Public Works must take responsibility for that.
"Poor maintenance - in part - resulted in the malfunctioning of the air-conditioning, in particular. As a result, employees - legitimately - protested their working conditions.
"However, we strongly reject the sensationalist headlines suggesting that the Department of Health Civitas building is a 'death trap' because the building has never been declared uninhabitable by any appropriate and authorised institutions that undertook an assessment of the building."