Social Development dept waiting on autopsy to determine cause of baby's death

A six-month old baby girl has died after being transferred from a government facility to an NGO, due to a strike by members of trade union National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu).

Read: Nehawu denies blame for baby's death during strike

Gauteng Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza says the department has not confirmed a causal link between the infant's death and the strike.

The baby girl was among 90 children who were transferred from government care facilities to NGOs around the province on Friday.

The child was moved from Walter Sisulu Child and Youth Care Centre because of the negative effects of the strike; including lack of care workers and social workers.

Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, Gauteng Social Development MEC

The MEC explains that officials are waiting for the results of autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Nehawu has refused to take sole responsibility for the baby girl’s death.

The trade union say it gave the government ample time to implement a contingency plan before a strike by social workers.

Mayathula-Khoza says officials made the necessary arrangements to bring in temporary care workers and transfer children who needed medical help.

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