Nehawu wants probe into Charlotte Maxeke Hospital safety measures after blaze

The hospital in Parktown has been temporarily shut down for a week after the blaze burnt throughout the night on Friday and into Saturday morning.

The third-floor parking at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital collapsed following a fire that began on Friday, 16 April 2021. Patients were moved and the hospital was closed for seven days. Picture: Twitter/@GautengProvince

JOHANNESBURG - Health workers union Nehawu wants to investigate the fire safety measures in place at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital after a devastating fire ripped through parts of the facility.

The hospital in Parktown has been temporarily shut down for a week after the blaze burnt throughout the night on Friday and into Saturday morning.

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Nehawu was concerned that the hospital may not have had proper occupational safety measures in place.

The union's Clement Marule said that the public hospital, which plays a crucial role in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, may have suffered serious structural damage.

"As a national union calling for an investigation from our side to check whether if the is any foul play so that we get to the bottom of this."

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