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Health minister and MEC volunteer at Chris Hani

Health Minister Aaron Motsoeledi said on Friday strikers will not be successful in shutting down Africa’s...

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi arrives at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital to assist doctors over the weekend. Picture: Tshepo Lesole/Eyewitness News

Health Minister Aaron Motsoeledi said on Friday strikers will not be successful in shutting down Africa’s biggest hospital, Chris Hani Baragwanath in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><city w:st="on">Soweto.

The minister vowed to spend the weekend working at the facility and said he will stay-on longer if asked to do so.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

The <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Soweto hospital has been one of the hardest hit by strike action this week with demonstrators turning out in their numbers demanding an 8.6 % wage hike.

Motsoaledi said even though he has not practiced medicine for 16 years. He is more than capable of helping out at strike hit the hospital.

The minister arrived shortly before 4pm on Friday to begin his first shift in almost two decades.

He added MEC Qedani Mahlangu will also be helping out.

Motsoaledi said he would not allow unions to shut-down the country’s health sector and he is volunteering his time to ensure the hospital continues to function during the indefinite strike.

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