Army deployed to strike hit hospitals
20 August 2010
Over 1,000,000 public servants including nurses and teachers have downed tools and have gone on an indefinite strike, because they are demanding an 8.6 percent wage increase and a R1000 housing allowance.
The strike has entered its third day today and it has intensified around the country.
The South African National Defence Force has been deployed to provide emergency care at six strike hit hospitals in Johannesburg, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo.
It has been reported that six people including two babies from Natalspruit Hospital have died during the strike.
Defence spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini said “soldiers had also been sent to provide protection at various hospitals”.
Later on today civil servants unions will meet with government to find a solution to the current wage negotiation deadlock.