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protestNews24 reports that some female security guards who claimed their contracts were terminated without reason stripped off their clothing during a protest in the hope of getting the attention of the Gauteng Department of Health (DOH).

But, the SA Cleaners, Security and Allied Workers' Union’s (Sacsaawu’s) Diphapang Potsane said the move was not planned. "We were also surprised when our mothers and sisters decided to undress themselves and remain naked for almost two hours," he indicated. Potsane said workers have been sleeping outside the department, demanding they get their jobs back and get better pay. "We also want our provident funds, UIF, and medical aid back because they were being deducted from our salaries but were not being paid into the fund," Potsane claimed. On 22 March, they submitted a memorandum of demands to the Health MEC, but apparently have not received a response. Portia Mothibi, who participated in the protest, said their biggest concern was that other people were being absorbed in their places, but they had been let go without explanation and without any retrenchment benefits. She explained that the reason they decided to strip naked was to get the attention of the department. The DOH’s Khutso Rabothata said the department had never had a contract with any of the protesters and that the security officers in question had had month-to-month agreements with their contractors.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Aphelele Mbokotho at News24


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