The Denosa Learner Movement in the Free State will march to Bophelo House in Bloemfontein on Monday in protest against what it calls the collapsing health system.
This follows a nursing student strike at the Free State School of Nursing’s Bloemfontein Campus. The students are refusing to return to wards or classes until the Department of Health pays their outstanding stipends. The Movement’s provincial secretary, Gift Mnyamane says nursing students have tried to engage with the department for several years but an agreement has never been reached.
He says their demands include a total overhaul of the department’s management structure and regulatory body.
“The pumping processes have started and we do acknowledge that there will be few areas that will still be affected as a result of the procedure of filling reservoirs. Issues like low pressure would also occur but we are confident that towards the end of the day, the total restoration of water would have happened.”
Denosa expects a response from the department within 14 days. Hundreds of student nurses are expected to take part in today’s march. It will start at National Hospital and proceed to Bophelo House, the provincial health department.