MEC Must Address Bertha Gxowa Strike Security Risk

Paul Willemburg MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Infrastructure Development

The new Bertha Gxowa hospital in Germiston on the East Rand is finally fully operational, with the old building being empty and patients and medical staff occupying the new building.

However, security personnel at hospital are striking today because they have not been paid since June. Midnight Star, the company contracted to provide security at the hospital, are not at their posts because they have not been paid any salaries for June, July or August

During my visit to the hospital this morning I discovered that the newly upgraded hospital and its expensive recently purchased equipment stands unprotected with unfettered access to the premises and its facilities.

The entrance is not being manned by these disgruntled security officers and all forms of traffic move in and out without any check.

The contract with the security company ended in June but was extended by a further 5 months till the end of October 2012.

This is not the first time that a situation like this exists at the hospital. The security personnel went unpaid last year and embarked on a similar strike.

Gauteng Health MEC Hope Papo must resolve this situation and ensure that the security of the hospital, its facilities and patients are not compromised because the department’s inability to pay its bills and salaries.

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