Nurses demand respect from govt

They says its time govt took them seriously & stopped making them look bad in the public’s eyes.

Hundreds of nurses from across the country marched through central Pretoria for better pay and working conditions on 15 February 2016. Picture:Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA - Nurses from hospitals across Gauteng say it's time the government took them seriously and stopped making them look bad in the public's eyes.

Hundreds of nurses braved the scorching heat and marched through the streets of Pretoria demanding better working conditions and salaries.

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They marched to the South African Nursing Council in Pretoria, where they met officials from the council and Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi's office.

They handed over a memorandum of demands.

They all wore black to represents their mourning for the profession, claiming it's been killed by government.

Gezani Baloi says he has been a nurse for six years now and has become increasingly unhappy in the field.

"The acts that has been done by government doesn't show that they respect us as nurses."

Lerato Goza says nurses look bad to the public because of the government.

"Our Department of Health promised free healthcare but thus far, health has been free and the quality has been bad."

Nurses are also demanding that the council take their mandate of protecting them seriously.

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Nurses have given both the national Health Department and the council 14 days to respond to their complaints.

The health minister's spokesperson Joe Maila says they are taking the workers complaints seriously.

"We received the memorandum and we will look into it and respond accordingly."

Pictures by Reinart Toerien/EWN.