About 500 community healthcare workers who are contractual employees of Gauteng Health blocked Johannesburg city streets last week, demanding that the health MEC come to address them and accept a memorandum of their demands. Sibusiso Nkasa, Johannesburg regional chair of the National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (Nupsaw), which is leading the strike action, said in a report in The Sunday Independent: “We are resolute. As you can see all roads are closed. All gates have been barricaded, none can go in and no one can walk out.”

Roads barricaded during the rowdy but largely peaceful protest were around the square block of Ntemi Piliso, Commissioner, Kort streets and Albertina Sisulu Road in the Johannesburg inner city. Shops within the block were barricaded and no-one could leave the precinct or enter through its gates. ….more