VANDERBIJLPARK - Employees of a nongovernmental organisation (NGO) held three managers at Johan Heyns Community Health Clinic in Vanderbijlpark hostage to claim their promised increase. Sedibeng Ster reports this comes after employees complained they had not been paid for the past two months after being promised an increase of R1 000. On Monday, July 9, they reportedly took as hostages the coordinator of the Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP), the deputy director and a senior human resources official, and demonstrated in a corridor near their workplace. The hostages were forced to sit on the icy floor for hours and were told they would not be released until the protesters’ demands were met. The situation nearly got out of hand when a nurse tried to give the hostages water. Her wig was allegedly torn off, and she was severely rebuked by protesters. She had to run for her life to her office. The hostages were later released, pending the outcome of negotiations between the protesters and the office of the director, who then took their grievances to the MEC for health in Johannesburg.
PHOTO: (Sedibeng Ster)