Nurses protest over wages, working conditions

Hundreds of nurses from across the country have gathered in central Pretoria ahead of the march.

Nurses gathered at Church Square in Pretoria ahead of a protest for better pay and working conditions. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

PRETORIA - Hundreds of nurses from across the country have gathered in central Pretoria ahead of a march for better pay and working conditions.

The nurses have also called for the outright rejection of their white uniforms, which have been used in the profession, for decades.

The demonstration is being led by the Young Nurses Indaba (YNI).

The nurses are all dressed in black, saying it signifies their mourning for the profession.

The health workers say they feel they've been forgotten by government, as they are forced to work under unacceptable conditions with very little pay.

YNI spokesperson Lerato Gova says they will be joined by their colleagues from other parts of the country in their protests.

"Nurses from across the country, from different affiliations and from different union organisations, are coming here to represent themselves as nurses of South Africa who really want to see change at the Department Of Health."

The nurses will be marching to Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi's office and to the nursing council, where they plan to hand over a memorandum of demands.

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