The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) in Gauteng on Monday called on all nurses in the province to join the national march in honour of a nurse who died after collapsing.
This comes after a nurse collapsed at the SA Nursing Council (SANC) offices in Pretoria last month while in a queue waiting to pay for her annual practising licence. The nurse later died on arrival in hospital.
Denosa, which will be joined by the National Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) on the picket lines, also called on health workers to join the march in honour of all the nurses who died in the line of duty.
Denosa and Nehawu will be marching to the offices of the national department of health, SANC, National Treasury and the department of public service and administration on Tuesday in five provinces, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Northern Cape.
The main march will be hosted by the Western Cape province in Cape Town to coincide with the budget speech to be delivered by the minister of finance in parliament.
The union highlighted the plight of the nurse murdered in Limpopo by a patient, the nurses attacked by the community in Tembisa and all health facilities in the country.
Denosa spokesperson Sibongiseni Delihlazo said the union was opposed to poor healthcare and long queues in health facilities.
“We call on all nurses who are tired of poor and unsafe working conditions to join the Denosa national march to put an end to these challenges. It is in the interest of all nurses to come out in unity and demonstrate to the government that we are not happy with the status quo,” Delihlazo said.
“We also call on South Africans who are tired of poor healthcare and long queues in public health facilities to join the Denosa national march to address these issues because it is Denosa’s interest to see public facilities improve the quality of healthcare provided to South Africans.”
Delihlazo said Denosa in Gauteng postponed its provincial march to the provincial department of health and Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems) in favour of the national march in Pretoria.
– African News Agency