UPDATE: No disruptions at Steve Biko hospital following protest

Protesters burning tyres outside the entrance of Steve Biko Academic Hospital. Photo: Twitter

The Steve Biko Academic Hospital has not experienced any service disruption despite Wednesday’s protest, the hospital said.

Former staff workers at the hospital barricaded the entrance with rocks and burning tyres on Wednesday afternoon.

Acting hospital CEO Dr Mathabo Mathebula said that the former employees from an outsourced private security company got dismissed by their company in December 2017.

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“The hospital access by motor cars was disrupted for a short while when former employees burnt tyres at the hospital entrance. Police members that were already around brought the situation under control,” she said.

Mathebula said hospital services were not interrupted on Thursday.

“This is unacceptable behaviour and as a hospital, we cannot allow the disruption of services and acts that compromise patients’, visitors’ and employees’ safety”, she said.

“The situation is now under control and members of the South African Police Services are monitoring the situation,” Mathebula said.

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