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SA Protest News 7 -12 November 2009 (2009) SA Protest News 7 -12 November 2009.  : -.

Workers Call for Maroga Resignation
NUM 10 November 2009

The National Union of Mineworkers - has called on CEO Jacob Maroga to
follow Bobby Godsell and leave the embattled parastal.

The call came as board member Mpho Makwana- who was appointed acting
chairperson - came face to face with angry workers who marched on the
parastatal in support of Maroga.

The workers chanted slogans and waved placards denouncing Godsell.
Makwana promised a speedy response to the workers' demands, which
include that the board of Eskom be disbanded.

Meanwhile, in Radio 786’s drive time programme, Straight Talk, Centre
for Civil Society director, Patrick Bond said it seems that the
situation at Eskom is a result of a power-shift at the utility.

Does Zuma hear the clock ticking?
Patrick Laurence (Politicsweb) 11 November 2009

Patrick Laurence asks whether greed has blinded our elite to popular

JOHANNESBURG - A warning uttered recently by Zwelinzima Vavi, the
general secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, should
ring alarm bells for President Jacob Zuma, even though Vavi, an
ideologue par excellence, might have been motivated by more than
comradely concern for Zuma and his relatively new administration.

In his address to the South African Municipal Workers Union, Vavi warned
that the credibility of the Zuma administration with the poorer sectors
of the black community is in danger of evaporating and, concomitantly,
that the patience of the residents in woefully or badly served townships
is approaching breaking point.

The warning was meant to nudge Zuma to the left, politically speaking,
and to serve as a reminder to him that deferred promises often lead to
disillusionment, anger and alienation, while, of course, increasing the
vulnerability of the poor to the demagogues who seem to abound in the
townships in times of recession and hardship.

Judging by the string of delivery protests that erupted within weeks of
Zuma's inauguration, particularly in Mpumalanga, black people in a
string of neglected or relatively neglected townships and informal
settlements are not prepared to wait patiently for the Zuma
administration to fulfil its election manifesto pledges.

Action, including the seizure of putatively corrupt local councillors as
hostages and the burning of their offices, seems to have become a
predictable township response in South Africa today, as it was during
the last years of white rule.

To quote a resident of Sakile, a township near Standerton in Mpumalanga
that attracted national and even international attention during its
protest against poor living conditions and the alleged venality of local
officials. "We don't see any changes. We thought Zuma could do better.
So now we have to step up protests, thinking of the future of our children."

The task facing Zuma is not made easier by the profligacy of his
administration, as manifest by the size of his cabinet (there are 34
ministers and roughly the same number of deputy ministers) and their
willingness (with one or two honourable exceptions) to spend every last
cent of the public money available to them on the purchase of expensive
vehicles. While Zuma is inclined to speak about the need for frugality
in the present difficult financial climate, his ministers are wont to
spend taxpayers' money as if there were no tomorrow.

They are as greedy, if not more greedy, than the men and women who
served in Mbeki's cabinet. The materialism that Mbeki rallied against
seems as prevalent under Zuma as it was under Mbeki. Like France's
Bourbon kings, the ANC's leader seem to have learnt nothing and
forgotten nothing. It is worth noting en passant that Zuma has warned
his comrades that greed could destroy the ANC if not checked. His words,
like those of Mbeki before him, seem to have fallen on the proverbial
deaf ears.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has accused the media of making an
unjustified fuss about the use of public money to purchase limousines
worth up to or even more than R1million for the ministers. His argument,
judging by his comments on television, is that even if the amount of
money available was limited to R200 000, it would still be seen as an
incredibly large amount to the poorer citizens and, his argument
implies, might for that reason be as offensive to the poor as R1 million
or more.

Motlanthe, however, seems to underestimate the intelligence of the poor.
They are quite capable of appreciating the difference between a R200 000
vehicle and one that is five times as expensive. It is lordly arrogance
to assume that they cannot differentiate between the relatively modest
vehicle chosen by Pravin Gordhan and the expensive million-plus luxury
cars favoured by Trevor Manuel and Blade Nzimande.

An addendum is in order. Manuel, as a respected former finance minister,
should have showed the way by choosing a less expensive car. So, too,
should Nzimande to establish his bona fides as a communist committed to
the notion of equality.

The "fat cats" in the ANC who have forsaken their commitment to
uplifting the poor in reality while paying lip service to it, should
take note of the call by the National Union of Metalworkers of South
Africa (Numsa) for the "nationalisation" of the wealth of those whom its
general secretary, Castro Ngobese, labels "obscenely" rich South Africans.

Ngobese identifies Patrice Motsepe, the brother-in-law of Cyril
Ramaphosa, a former ANC secretary-general, as well as of Jeff Radebe,
Zuma's minister of justice, as one of the disgustingly rich men whose
wealth should be seized in the name of the people. Ngobese reckons Tokyo
Sexwale, the billionaire minister of human settlement, is another.
Motsepe's fortune is estimated to be worth R14.2-billion according to
the publication Who owns Whom.

Numsa's call to dispossess the obscenely rich of what it regards as
their ill-gotten gains is a reminder of Cosatu's slogan of the 1980s:
Apartheid and capitalism - two sides of the same bloody coin." Unless
the ANC recovers its idealism, the slogan may be adapted to read: "ANC
and capitalism - two sides of the same bloody coin." The initials ANC,
however, will stand for Africa's nationalist capitalists.

There is a conundrum to consider about Zuma before signing off: it is to
ponder what prompted Zuma to describe, Julius Malema, the AN/C Youth
League as a potential president, bearing in mind that Malema is pressing
for the nationalisation of the mines while Zuma has sung soothing
lullabies to capitalists and investors at home and abroad.

One explanation may be that Zuma is trying to tame Malema, to co-opt him
and use his talents for rabble rousing to strengthen the ANC and even to
sell a more conciliatory line, as Malema did when he visited the
University of Free State rector Jonathan Jansen and described him as
"one of use" while local ANC Youth League members were calling for
Jansen's head.

Another more disturbing possibility is that Zuma is simply seeking to
appease Malema, who, for all his radical oratory, obviously considers
himself worthy of special treatment, including the right to speed on the
roads if he so wishes and to be protected by flashing blue lights
whether driving on highways or byways.

Whatever Zuma's motives, he would do well to remember the warning to use
a long spoon when supping with the devil.

Protest over deaths of babies
Canaan Mdletshe The Mercury 10 November 2009

ANGER: Phoenix residents protest outside Mahatma Gandhi Memorial
Hospital over poor conditions and the alleged deaths of babies at the

ABOUT 100 Phoenix community members staged a protest outside Mahatma
Gandhi Memorial Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal yesterday.

The disgruntled residents were protesting over poor conditions at the
hospital – dubbed the “hospital of death”.

The protesters, mainly pensioners, waved placards painting a bleak
picture of conditions at the hospital.

One read: “Clean up our dirty hospital, 407 babies have died in 12
months at this hospital.”

Community leader and DA MPL George Mari said the residents had also
informed former MEC for health Peggy Nkonyeni about the conditions at
the hospital but nothing was done.

“The extreme high number of deaths at the hospital is appalling. In the
past two years approximately 4500 deaths have been reported.

“In the period January to December 2008, 407 babies have died in this
hospital, leaving many mothers-to-be traumatised and heartbroken. And
this year alone, 154 babies have died up to September,” said Mari.

He said the maternity ward was understaffed, with only six midwives
servicing nearly 20 beds, and delivering more than 700 babies a month.

Mari said there was a shortage of doctors and nurses at the hospital.

The residents demanded that urgent attention be given to the maternity
section and that more doctors and nurses be deployed at the hospital.

They also demanded that the task team’s findings into the problems at
the hospital be made known.

They further demanded that MEC for health Sibongiseni Dhlomo should
indicate what action would be taken.

Accepting the memorandum, Mandla Mhlongo, Area 1 regional manager, said:
“We will address the challenges raised and contained in the memorandum.”

Departmental spokesperson Desmond Motha could neither confirm nor deny
the allegations of deaths at the hospital.

Protesters call for firing of management:Durban hospital 'loses' patient
Nompumelelo Magwaza & LATOYA NEWMAN (The Mercury) 10 November 2009

AN NTUZUMA family is seeking answers from the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial
Hospital, in Phoenix, Durban, after their daughter went missing from the
facility while waiting to be admitted a month ago.

Simangele Shibe, 24, was taken to the hospital by her mother, Bhungeni
Shibe, on October 9. She had been suffering from dehydration.

Shibe said Simangele was very weak and could not walk or talk.

The hospital had been busy and the family had waited several hours in a
queue before Simangele was attended to.

"I was later told by a nurse that she had been moved to Ward 1," said Shibe.

But when Shibe went to visit her daughter the following day, she said
there was no sign of Simangele.

"The hospital officials were unaware that my daughter was missing. I had
to tell them," said Shibe. She added that her daughter had been put on a
drip when she last saw her.

"It has been a month now and I still do not know what happened to my
daughter. All I hope is that we can find her."

She said that hospital officials had helped the family look for
Simangele but she still held the hospital accountable for her daughter's

Mahatma Gandhi Hospital spokeswoman Mpume Mokoena said hospital staff
had done their best to help the family find Simangele.

The hospital's investigations had revealed that Simangele had
disappeared from the casualty department while awaiting admission.

"On that day the casualty department was extremely busy with 35 patients
waiting to be admitted, hence patients were being sent to wards whenever
a bed was available."

Mokoena said it was difficult to monitor the movement of patients in the
trauma department.

"It is only in the ward that a patient gets a hospital band and attire,
and is allocated a bed. In casualty, it is difficult to control the
movements of patients."

She said the hospital had been in contact with the Shibe family and had
searched mortuaries and other hospitals, and had asked the police to
search using sniffer dogs. However, there had been no sign of Simangele.

Meanwhile, about 200 people protested outside Mahatma Gandhi Hospital
yesterday, calling for its management to be fired.

Durban widower Samuel Naidoo said the deaths of his wife, Soraya, and
their unborn baby at the hospital in April were due to negligence. His
attorneys were investigating the matter on his behalf.

"I brought my wife here on a Saturday morning. She was full term, she
was bleeding and in pain... They only attended to her late that
afternoon. Our baby was stillborn, but just two days earlier I had seen
our baby moving during a scan... They transferred my wife to King Edward
VIII Hospital after she had a Caesarean section (at Mahatma Gandhi
Hospital). She died a few days later. They (Mahatma Gandhi staff) did
not stop her bleeding and I believe it was their negligence that caused
my wife and baby to die," he said.

In another case, the family of Rhoda Pillay, 19, said they were
arranging to meet with lawyers after a nurse forgot to remove a swab
from inside her body after the teen gave birth last month, causing her
to fall ill.

Pillay's aunt, June Haripersad, said while the hospital had apologised
for the incident, staff had continued to mistreat Pillay during
follow-up visits.

"They have still not organised counselling for the trauma they caused
her. This is why we are taking this further," she said. Pillay said she
still had nightmares over the incident. "I cannot forget the pain. I
thought I was okay, but I am not, I will never forget that incident."

Reading out a memorandum of demands at the protest, DA MPL George Mari
asked Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo to look into alleged fraud,
negligence, staff shortages and other concerns at the hospital.

He said the party would take legal action if there was not a favourable
response from the government.

The acting chief operations officer in the KZN Health Department, Mandla
Mhlongo, received the memorandum. "We want to acknowledge that there are
challenges at the hospital. We will get the memorandum to the MEC and we
will respond," he said.

Don’t close our beloved hospital, say protesters
Mthatha Bureau 11 November 2009

SAVE OUR FACILITY: Union chairperson Nkosinathi Majola outside St Lucy’s
Hospital. Some Tsolo residents fear that the opening of the new Dr
Malizo Mpehle Memorial Hospital will result in the closure of St Lucy’s,
which presently has only one doctor on duty.

FEARS that a brand new, state-of-the- art hospital in Tsolo will replace
an old hospital seen as better placed to serve the community, caused a
traditional leader and about 100 supporters to stage a sit-in yesterday.

The protest action at St Lucy’s Hospital coincided with a visit to the
area by Eastern Cape Health MEC Phumulo Masualle, who was there to
prepare for the official opening of the R235million Dr Malizo Mpehle
Memorial Hospital in Tsolo on November 19.

Traditional leader Nkosi Bambelela Mbabama had the support of more than
100 local residents, who joined him for the sit-in . They are concerned
that the new facility, 15km away, will replace St Lucy’s Hospital.

Their action on Monday and yesterday prevented the Eastern Cape
Department of Health from referring patients to the new facility this week.

Masualle told the community that St Lucy’s Hospital would continue to
operate along with the new one.

“They (two hospitals) will be sharing ... services. We will renovate the
old facility,” said Masualle.

But Mbabama remains convinced that the department plans to close St
Lucy’s Hospital.

The new hospital started to admit patients on Monday.

“We want ... written proof that the hospital won’t be shutting down.
Already there are signs that it is closing down, because in the previous
years it would be allocated a budget of R6.5million but this year it was
cut down to R2.5million.

“St Lucy’s Hospital usually has eight doctors but now there is only one
left to work around the clock, while others have already moved to the
new facility,” he said.

“That hospital (St Lucy’s) is of historical value to the St Cuthberts
area and to the whole of the AmaMpondomise nation. It is also situated
within reach of unemployed people of Tsolo,” said Mbabama.

A shut-down at St Lucy’s would add to the poverty of residents in
surrounding areas. “People sell (fruits and snacks) in front of the
hospital and support their children. Local shops benefit from the
hospital. It is also close to more than five schools, which help pupils
easily access medical treatment,” said Mbabama.

Health spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said the department would give the
local community written assurance that the old hospital would continue
to operate.

Mbabama said he and his supporters went to St Lucy’s on Monday and
yesterday to protest against its closure, after he received information
that scores of people who were seeking medical attention were being
diverted to the Dr Malizo Mpehle Memorial Hospital.

“We had to plead with people not to go to the new hospital, and I
promised them that the only ... doctor left would attend to them,” he said.

Most of the patients at St Lucy’s outpatient centre had to sleep on
benches on Monday night as a result of the shortage of doctors. Those
who could afford to travel back home and return yesterday had to
continue queuing for help.

“I arrived at 12pm on Monday and waited the whole day to see a doctor. I
had to sleep on the bench as I could not afford to go back home and
return this morning. It was a very cold night but there was nothing I
could do because my whole body is in severe pains,” said 33-year-old
Lulamile Cakaza.

National Education and Health Workers’ Union (Nehawu) chairperson at St
Lucy’s Hospital, Nkosinathi Majola, said he learnt that the only doctor
on duty was transferring patients from the ward to the new hospital.

Nurses at St Lucy’s Hospital said that they did not want to move to the
new hospital because that would leave Tsolo residents without an easily
accessible health facility. “We need the new hospital because this one
is overcrowded as there are too many people in Tsolo. But we want to
remain working here because if we move there are lots of people who will
suffer,” said one. - By BONGANI HANS
Mthatha Bureau —

ANC blames Unizul management
Marie Strachan 12 November 2009

THE ANC's North Coast leadership has formed a special task team to
ensure that the University of Zululand's "student affairs are handled in
a satisfactory manner which will not bring the university to an
ungovernable stage".

The ANC regional secretary Thulani Mashaba said at a media briefing
yesterday that the party condemned the recent vandalism of university
property, which has been blamed on ANC-aligned students.

The students went on the rampage last week, causing damage estimated at
R5 million, when they went looking for the key to the student
representative council offices.

Tensions had apparently been brewing between the ANC-aligned SA
Students' Congress (Sasco) and its IFP counterpart, the SA Democratic
Students Movement (Sadesmo) since Sasco scored a landslide victory in
elections earlier this year.

Sadesmo had been penalised for the late submission of its candidate
list, but claimed that no deadline had been prescribed.

The Independent Electoral Commission had advised that the university
declare the elections null and void.

Mashaba said the ANC was disappointed that the "university management
had neglected its duties, thus resulting in students embarking on a
destructive rampage".

"The destruction of the campus was a result of poor communication from
university management.

"The management failed in its duties to ensure that elections run smoothly."

He added that they had requested a report on the matter from the management.

"Indications are that the police investigations into the incident are
nearing an end and the perpetrators, even if they are ANC members, must
go to jail."

At the briefing, Mashaba also denied allegations of racism and a split
in the ANC leadership at the uMhlathuze (Empangeni/Richards Bay)

He dismissed reports that the Speaker, Elphas Mbatha, was rallying
support to remove Indians and whites from the local council, saying the
party had not received any such complaints.

Mashaba also denied that there was a split in the party leadership in
the municipality.

Poor delivery sparks Limpopo march
Sapa 7 November 2009

RESIDENTS in the Molemole municipal area in Limpopo were marching in
protest against the municipality yesterday afternoon.

Residents said they had had enough of poor or no service being delivered
by the municipality.

It was an open secret that the municipality was not being run well by
its senior officials, residents said. The Molemole Municipality, about
60km from Polokwane, includes Mohodi, Dendron and Mogwadi. Earlier in
the year, the Limpopo Department of Local Government and Housing
commissioned an investigation into allegations of irregularities at the
municipality. — Sapa

Media: Protestors march to Gugulethu Square
Khanyisa Tabata – Bush Radio 6 November 2009

See also this voice clip from Radio 786

A small group of protesters in Gugulethu called on the public to boycott
the new mall that has been constructed in the area.
Demonstrators plan to march to Gugulethu Square today.

The protestors say they do not understand why outsiders have been given
first preference when they received jobs.

“We are still saying that we want eighty percent of the people who are
working at this mall to come form Gugulethu”.

“We don’t want councilors to be involved in this matter because they are
not bringing any solution, they should try and concentrate on their
jobs,” said spokesperson for the Anti-Eviction Mncedisi Twalo.

15 violent protesters arrested in Deal Party
Nov 7 2009 8:58AM

POLICE arrested 15 people yesterday morning in John Tallant Road in Deal
Party, Port Elizabeth, after a service delivery protest turned violent.

Twelve women and three men were being held on charges of public violence
following the protest by some 200 residents of Silver Town in New
Brighton township, spokesman Inspector Dumile Gwavu said.

Police spokesman Inspector Dumile Gwavu said the protesters were pelting
motorists and burning tyres. Police used rubber bullets to disperse the

Two policemen were slightly injured and one of them was hospitalised. –
Shaanaaz de Jager

South Durban residents in service delivery march
MPUME MADLALA Daily News 6 November 2009

More than 250 South Durban residents and Abahlali baseMjondolo
supporters marched down Pixley Kasema (West) Street to Durban City Hall
to protest against poor service delivery.

The marchers, mostly dressed in white Wentworth Development Forum
T-shirts, shouted slogans like: "Down with Eskom's high rates" and
carried banners reading "Dear mayor, please fire Sutcliffe", "Logie
Naidoo, please bring Clairwood back to former glory" and "Stop the talk
implement the upgrade of Wentworth".

The residents said they had a right to decent housing, redevelopment,
affordable electricity rates and a pollution-free environment.

South Durban Community Environmental Alliance co-ordinator Desmond D'Sa
said residents were concerned about the lack of housing delivery.

"They are worried about the fact that the flats they live in are not
upgraded and maintained, yet the municipality and provincial housing
wants to transfer ownership (to tenants)," D'Sa said.

D'Sa said Eskom and the eThekwini Municipality had recently increased
electricity and water tariffs to an unaffordable rate. "Since then we
have seen communities deprived of water and lights. Further tariff
increases by Eskom will affect the poor and marginalised which will
result in an increase in electricity cut-offs to their homes," he said.

D'Sa said the marchers would proceed to the City Hall and then to the
offices of the provincial Housing Department where memorandums will be
handed over to officials.

"We will also be sending a letter to the Department of Social Welfare
and Development demanding that all pensioners be exempt from paying tax
and bank charges," he said.

Residents tell of rats and snakes

FRUSTRATED residents living in government units in Wentworth, Durban,
say that with all the rats, snakes and woodlice they share their homes
with, they may as well be living in Jurassic Park (a fictitious jungle
of dinosaurs in the movies of the same name).

Caesar Goldstone, who has lived in a government unit since 1989, said
residents were tired of living in the "rotten" places, which had rodent
infestations, woodborer and collapsing ceilings.

"We were promised better living conditions by the eThekwini municipality
earlier this year, but until now there's not even one bag of cement. We
constantly have to replace our doors, which are eaten away by
woodborer," he said.

Goldstone said residents also struggled with toilets built outside their
homes and which were not lit.

The Khan family had the shock of their lives when a python fell through
their ceiling late last year. "We also have a rat problem... we are
living in Jurassic Park," said Larene Khan.

Hettie Fynn said they had extended their home to include the toilet
outside after her son was badly beaten up when visiting it late one
night last year.

On Friday, Wentworth and Clairwood residents marched to the Durban City
Hall to hand over memorandums of grievances including the lack of basic
services, and increases in water and electricity tariffs.

Wentworth Development Forum spokesman Patrick Mkhize said it was hoped
to establish a committee, excluding councillors, that would address the

Derrick Naidoo, of eThekwini municipality, said the memorandum would be
presented to the council's executive committee.

Committee to address high electricity rates
Siphilile Shelembe 6 November 2009

Frustrated members of the South Durban communities took part in a
protest march to the Durban City Hall on Friday morning to highlight
various grievances, including the state of their housing.

In a memorandum handed to the deputy city manager, Derrick Naidoo, they
also complained about the lack of public services, including refuse
removal and street cleaning, the increase in water and electricity
tariffs, and the proposed rezoning of residential land.

A spokesman for the Wentworth Development Forum, Patrick Mkhize, said
they hoped to create a committee of residents, excluding councillors, to
address their housing plight, which had been ignored.

"We would like to establish a committee of metro representatives and
community representatives which will address the lack of upgrading of
government units, the high electricity rates and redevelopment," said

The residents also want ownership of long-rented and paid-for units,
proper recreational facilities and a pollution-free environment.

"The South Durban community are strongly concerned with the lack of
housing delivery for the overcrowded community," said one resident.

"They are worried with the fact that the flats they currently live in
are not upgraded and maintained, yet the municipality and the provincial
housing department wants to transfer the ownership."

# This breaking news flash was supplied exclusively to by the
news desk at our sister title, Cape Times.

More cops deployed to trashed varsity
Sinegugu Ndlovu (The Mercury) 5 November 2009

A student mob burned and trashed parts of the University of Zululand
yesterday, resulting in tens of millions of rands in damage.

Security on the campus has been beefed up after the rampage, with more
police officers deployed there.

Tensions at the university have been running high since the hotly
contested October 5 elections in which the IFP-aligned SA Democratic
Students Movement (Sadesmo) was penalised for failing to meet the
deadline to submit a list of candidates.

The ANC-aligned SA Students Congress (Sasco) scored a landslide victory.

The mayhem, which started on Tuesday afternoon, continued into the early
hours yesterday, leaving a trail of destruction.

Among the premises damaged were those used by the student representative
council, sports department, Sadesmo, the dean of students' offices, the
library, chapel and a lecture hall.

Police Inspector Mbongiseni Mdlalose said police believed students were
behind the damage although no one had been identified as the culprits.

Two cases of arson and public violence were being investigated.

"The situation at the university is still tense. Public order police
will be deployed to ensure safety at the university," he said.

After the elections, University Registrar Sisho Maphisa said the
deadline for the election candidates had not been prescribed in a
memorandum of understanding or the election timetable.

Sadesmo then sought legal help which resulted in the Independent
Electoral Commission's (IEC) chief electoral officer, Pansy Tlakula,
addressing a letter to UniZulu's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rachel
Gumbi, advising that the elections be declared null and void.

Maphisa said the electoral officer had apparently used the national
election mandate when penalising Sadesmo for missing the cut-off date.

On Monday, the Dean of Students, Mandla Hlongwane, sent a letter to the
university's political formations and student societies proposing an
interim alliance structure to represent students in the university's
governance structures until the elections impasse was resolved.

Maphisa said Tuesday's meeting called by Hlongwane to propose the
formation of the interim structure had prompted the incident.

"Sasco rejected the interim structure proposal. About 10 students
started to go on a rampage at about 2pm, but major destruction started
about 11pm.

"Sasco is being difficult. We met the executive senate today (Wednesday)
and the exams will continue. All marches and meetings will be put on
hold until the end of the exams. The interim structure will be put on
hold because Sasco rejected it and the dean of students will take care
of all student affairs," said Maphisa.

The date of the next elections would be negotiated with student bodies.
Maphisa said they would not be held until early next year as this would
disrupt registration.

An internal investigation is being conducted and students linked to the
attack would be dealt with severely, warned Maphisa.

"They'll be criminally charged or expelled. Students' lives can't be put
in danger," he said.

Sadesmo national spokesman Khuleko Hlengwa lashed out at Sasco saying
that the incident was unacceptable.

"We will not tolerate a situation whereby institutions of learning are
turned into war zones by a select power hungry clique of political
infants. We are concerned that the exam process has been disrupted and
unnecessary trauma has been inflicted on innocent students," said Hlengwa.

UniZulu Sasco chair Xolani Memela said: "We wouldn't have been involved
in such a thing."

ANC Youth League president Julius Malema also visited the university
three weeks ago to canvass support for Sasco in the elections.

This article was originally published on page 1 of The
Mercury on November 05, 2009

SABC hunger protest on hold

The Hunger Protest called a pause to its campaign yesterday, Thursday, 5
November 2009, when actor Sello Maake ka Ncube completed his promised 30
days without food by drinking diluted marula juice - a departure from
the apple juice drunk as breakfast by all the other protestors from the
Hunger Coalition. 6 Nov 2009 11:55

Cosatu to march against racism
Sowetan Reporter9 November 2009

COSATU has threatened to bring the little farming town of Vryburg, North
West, to a standstill today.

The labour federation and its ally, the SACP, have organised a march to
the Ganyesa magistrate’s court where a farmer accused of setting his dog
on a domestic worker will appear.

Cosatu provincial secretary Solly Phetoe said yesterday that they had
organised the march because they believed the court was dealing with the
matter in a racist manner.

“The farmer was found guilty but sentencing has been postponed four
times. Why? We think this is a way to let the farmer off the hook,”
Phetoe said.

He said the march would also be a protest against a local hospital, in
which twins died at birth after their mother was told to go home because
of the hospital’s poor healthcare facility.

Phetoe said the march would follow yesterday’s rally at Rustenburg’s
Impala shaft 8, in which Cosatu and SACP wrapped up their campaign in
support for National Health Insurance (NHI). – Sowetan Reporter

Protest outside Phoenix hospital
Bongi Tshiqi 9 November 2009

Scores of residents are protesting outside Mahatma Gandhi Hospital in

The community members are calling on the KZN Health Department to
urgently do something about numerous allegations of mismanagement and
corruption at the hospital.

The DA, which organised the demonstrations, says in 2008 alone, 407
children under the age of one-year died at the hospital.

The party's George Mari says this is the highest number of child deaths
from all the hospitals in the province.

He says this is despite the fact that Mahatma is not among the biggest

Mari say there have been many complaints from patients and former
patients who claim to have been mistreated.

"We've been raising issues at Mahatma Gandhi hospital since the
klebsiella outbreak. We are concerned that there's a lack of nurses,
there's a lack of doctors and a lack of proper resources in the hospital
and we've had several instances where young mothers have lost a child
and were traumatised.

Mari says many locals have no option but to rely on the hospital for
emergency health care, but adds that they are often afraid or reluctant
to do so.

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