SAHRC is concerned about the arrest of peaceful healthcare protestors
11 July 2014
ATTENTION: Editors and Reporters
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) wishes to express its concern at the arrest of peaceful protestors staging a sit-in at the Free State Health Department’s Head Office. We have been advised that most of the protestors are women health care workers expressing dissatisfaction with the state of health care in the province and the alleged dismissal of about 3000 community health workers.
The Commission has on various occasions including its report into healthcare in South Africa, socio-economic rights reports, as well as its findings on violations of the right to access healthcare, expressed grave concern about the state of public healthcare facilities across South Africa.
We will therefore continue to monitor the situation in the Free State and engage directly with provincial and national government officials on this matter.
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Issued by the SA Human Rights Commission.
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