Nehawu denies blame for baby's death during strike

Gauteng MEC for Social Development Ms Nandi Mayathula-Khoza held a press briefing conference on Wednesday afternoon defending her department's actions in dealing with a strike by social workers, after the death of a six-month-old baby.

The death of the six-month-old girl, named Singalakha Sonamazi is reported to have been caused by the impact of the strike by National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu).

Mayathula-Khoza has criticised the manner in which Nehawu is handling this strike because it is marred by acts of violence and intimidation, even barring some social workers from going to work and gaining access to some of these NGO's.

Mayathula-Khoza says the baby Singalakha was moved from the government care facility on Friday, along with 90 other children to various NGO's around the province.

The baby who suffered from Foetal Alcohol Syndrome appeared to be doing well after the move but then died.

Mayathula-Khoza says they will be working with law enforcement to ensure safety and any possible deaths.

Listen to the rest of Thando Kubheka's report in the interview below:

Khaya Xaba, national spokesperson for (Nehawu) also spoke to Stephen Grootes saying the organisation is currently in negotiations. Xaba refutes claims that Nehawu is responsible for the death of baby Singalakha.

Xaba says it is the employers prerogative to ensure a skeleton staff to avoid such incidents.

Xaba says a press conference will be held on Thursday to clarify various matters.

Listen to the rest of Khaya Xaba's interview in the clip below:

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